Directed Electronics Releases New SmartPark Feature in Free Viper SmartStart™ App

Viper SmartStart SmartPark for iPhone

VISTA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Directed Electronics today announced the availability of a new feature on its award-winning Viper SmartStart that allows users to pinpoint exactly where they parked their car. The feature, SmartPark, notes a vehicle’s location every time the user presses the door lock button in the Viper SmartStart app.

“Users can also find their car using a great augmented reality feature we call SnakeEyes”

To return to the stored location, users simply press the Find My Car button in the app and retrieve the location, accessing any additional accompanying photo or note reminder that the user may have stored. SmartPark shows a map with walking directions back to the car’s location.

“Using Viper SmartStart to control your vehicle with your smartphone has been a game changer,” said Kevin Duffy, president of Directed Electronics, “and the feature set continues to expand. When we launched Viper Motor Club roadside assistance recently, we promised exciting new features to follow – and SmartPark is the first of many. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s also useful. If you forget where you parked, SmartPark has the smarts to find your car.”

“Users can also find their car using a great augmented reality feature we call SnakeEyes,” said Duffy. “You just hold up your phone and a virtual view of your car keeps you pointed in the right direction.”

Viper SmartStart users can simply update their app to get the new SmartPark feature. New users can download the free Viper SmartStart app with SmartPark at the iTunes App Store, BlackBerry App World, the Android Market, and at

Directed Electronics is inviting users to enter the free “10 Day Viper SmartStart iPad Sweepstakes” for the chance to win a free iPad. New users can download the free app, click on “How To Buy” in the app and enter their e-mail to register. Current users can enter the sweepstakes via the “Find a Dealer” button. Official rules are in the app – no purchase necessary.

About Directed Electronics

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Headquartered in Southern California, Directed Electronics is the largest designer and marketer in North America of consumer-branded vehicle security and remote start systems (sold under Viper®, Clifford®, Python®, Autostart® and other brand names). Directed Electronics is also a supplier of mobile audio products sold principally under the Orion® brand name, and digital OEM Integration products sold under the XPRESSKIT® brand name. Directed Electronics markets its broad portfolio of products through many channels including leading national retailers and specialty chains throughout North America and around the world. Founded in 1982, the company’s primary operations are located in Vista, California and Quebec, Canada. For more information, please visit Directed Electronics is a business unit of DEI Holdings, Inc.

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