Disruptive New Technology Upsets Car Starter Industry
Text2Car technology starts vehicles with or without previously installed remote starter
Saskatoon, SK - Nationally-acclaimed Text2Car announced today the release of three innovative new products, exclusive for GM vehicles, with functionality and price points that will be highly attractive to dealerships and consumers alike. Edmonton has been selected for the Product Pre-launch.
The T2C-GM model is the first technology off its kind to work with GM factory remote starters and, more importantly, the first to offer a seamless, one-step installation process that takes mere minutes to complete. Once installed, this device allows the user to start, unlock, open the trunk, close the sunroof, locate, schedule and monitor their vehicle using any cellphone or PC - all at under $5 a month, a fraction of the cost of other similar products such as OnStar.
Another new product, the T2C-GMS, bypasses factory starters or works as a remote starter for vehicles that don’t already have on installed. This product represents a significant cost-savings for the consumer and, as such, gives authorized dealerships a unique and attractive selling point in what is a highly-competitive market. Major advantages of T2C products over factory starters include: elimination of the eight-minute run time, elimination of the max 2-time-only start, and an installation process so simple that no technicians are required. Consumers will enjoy significant benefits with the T2C-GMS, as virtually all factory starter limitations are eliminated, again, all at under $5 a month.
Text2Car’s third new product, the T2C-GMF comes at half the price of an installed typical after-market remote starter while still using the factory key fob.
Vince Hardy, CEO of Text2Car, a division of Global Integration Inc., will be traveling with his team to Edmonton to showcase these new products at GMC dealerships from July 3rd to 5th. He says GM dealerships who offer the option of Text2Car are likely to see immediate increases to their bottom line and Customer Service Index (CSI).
"We are the only company in the world that has the ability to literally plug in a device that gives customers so much control and convenience", says Hardy. "For the dealership this means an easy way to increase their profit by including a Text2Car device as an easy add-on during the sale process and answering customers concerns before they are even raised. This leads to greater customer satisfaction and in turn, higher CSI for the dealership." Hardy concluded, "we will be releasing Chrysler and other manufacturer’s models this year."
Text2Car is a Canadian-based company founded in 2009 with their corporate office in Saskatoon, SK. They have been featured on The Dragon’s Den, The Discovery Channel and won multiple awards on local, provincial and national scales.
It was amazing!! I was pitching in the Den for 45 minutes, on a TV show that I have watched for 5 years. It was a great day and an even greater experience!
It was all pretty cool. I had the new Dragon, Bruce Croxon get into the car I brought for the show (thanks to Darryl and Leanna!), and locked the doors pretending to be a 5 year old. He was a “very” bratty 5 year old as he kept giving the other Dragon’s the finger with both hands. I sent a text message and “click”, I successfully demonstrated Text2Car’s ability to unlocked car doors via a simple text message!!
I contractually cannot provide any details about the meeting as I could forfeit my opportunity to appear on an episode.
I can however share that the following is a Twitter comment made by Kevin O’Leary’s right hand man Alex Kenjeev:
@akenjeev: Watching a very intriguing pitch by @Text2Car live on set at #DragonsDen — I wonder if they’ll get a deal??
I will not know when (or if at all in actuality) I will be on the show. They call 2 weeks before broadcast and this could be between September and April.
I would … in a heartbeat do it all again … and again
First of all I want to thank you for the time you took with me on the phone today, I am very glad that I purchased a product that someone has obviously put so much time and effort into, you are confident in it and care about the end user in this day and age it is great to see someone cares and that I am not going to be just another sales receipt (although I hope this hits the market huge).
Anyways, I am very excited about the product and look forward to getting all the details soon.
I now have Text2Car - Absolutely Amazing, Sitting at home and my car was in the shop having it installed, the Installer wanted to check it - I text messaged to my car from home and Wala it started , I am so going to enjoy this !!!!
Tracy Woodward !!! Congratulations on winning a Text2Car Remote Car Starter System !! Tracy’s name was drawn because she “liked” Text2Car. Later today we will provide all of you with a new contest … it’s kinda like “Spot Waldo”.
Tracy, to collect your prize please send us a private message with your contact info. Congrats again to you Tracy Woodward !!!
Remote car starters are probably one of the least understood products that a 12 volt retailer sells. There seems to be a lot of bad information floating around. I wanted to take a few minutes and dispel some of the myths about remote car starters:
Remote Car Starters Will Void My New Car Warranty - Nothing could be further from the truth! The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 forbids a vehicle manufacturer from doing this. If your car dealer tells you that you have to use their remote car starter or your vehicle warranty will be void, inform them that they are in violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975.
Remote Car Starters are Bad For My Car - I have never found any information to support this. In fact, many top mechanics would agree that allowing the car to warm up for several minutes before running can extend the life of your motor.
Remote Car Starters Waste Gas - Actually, as a tie in with number 2 above, warming up your car can actually improve your gas mileage. When you hop in you car on a very cold day and just take off, your engine is working overtime and consuming more gas. Warming it up and thinning the oil for a few minutes can improve your mileage. And isn’t it easier to press a button to warm it up instead of going out in the frigid cold?
I Have a Manual Transmission. I Cannot Get A Car Starter - In the past, I would have agreed. Today’s remote car starter technology has come a long way. High end starters employ a very sophisticated, yet easy to use, method to prevent the vehicle from starting while in gear. If you have a manual transmission vehicle, you can enjoy the same comfort and convenience as those with automatics.
I Don’t Need a long Range Remote. I Park My Car in My Driveway - The fact that you park in your driveway at home is all well and good, but what about when you are at the mall….or the movies… or a restaurant…. You might need to park 100 yards away or more. Don’t you want to take advantage of your remote starter all the time? Of course you do.
My Key Has a “Chip” in it so I Cannot Get A Remote Car Starter - Almost every vehicle key made anymore has a “chip” in it. That chip is designed to prevent your car from being hot-wired. A remote starter essentially “hot wires” your car in a very controlled way. So in order to make a starter work, it needs to fool your car into believing that the key is in the ignition. Starter manufacturer offers hundreds of solutions for almost every vehicle on the road. In most cases, it is a matter of installing an additional “bypass module.” This module replicates the actions of that chip, thus allowing the car to start.
My Cousin’s Best Friend’s Uncle Can Install a Remote Starter For Me - DON’T DO IT! Today’s vehicles are very sophisticated and integrating a remote car starter is a complex procedure. Professional installers have gone through countless hours of training and have access to world class technical support if needed. Can “Uncle Louie” make that claim. Probably not. While he might be an excellent mechanic, remote starters are a whole different animal.
I Don’t Need A Remote Starter. I Park in My Garage - Oh yeah?.. Do you park in a garage at work? Or your local eatery? Or what about the “garage” at the movie theater? Does your best friend let you park in his/her garage when you visit? You will get more use out of your remote car starter away from home than at home.
I Can Only Use My Car Starter For A Few Months A Year? - Why? You will quickly find that your remote starter is just as useful in the dog days of summer as it is on a frigid Winter day. Your remote car starter will cool off your vehicle on hot summer days also. Just remember to leave the AC on when you get out of your car. Your automatic car starter will do the rest!
Now Wouldn't a Text2Car Be Easier ... and Less Creepy?
A Washington man, Amal Graafstra, has had an RFID chip implanted in his left hand, with plans to automate such functions as unlocking his car door, unlocking his house door, and logging on to his computer.
DID YOU KNOW?…… According to Environment Canada, Winnipeg is the coldest city in the world with a population of over 600,000 based on the average night-time temperature during December, January and February, inclusive.
COBOURG — The ticket was painless, but a son couldn’t face his mother’s wrath after he was charged under the stunt driving legislation and her car was impounded for seven days.
"I haven’t called her yet, I don’t know what to say," the 18-year-old from Whitby, who wouldn’t give his name, said.
A tow truck was hooking up the car shortly before midnight yesterday.
The 18-year-old was pulled over on Hwy. 401 at Cobourg and charged with travelling 163 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. He was on his way home after picking up his girlfriend in Kingston driving his mom’s car.
He was one of three drivers charged Friday under the stunt driving legislation for travelling in excess of 150 km/h.
"I was driving down the road and I didn’t notice (the) speed I guess, listening to Tom Petty (Free Fallin) and I got pulled over."
The officer said he had paced the vehicle for more than 20 minutes.
Although the driver said he knew “somewhat” about the legislation, he was unaware that there was a minimum fine of $2,000.
"Are you sure?" said the driver after being told of the fine.
Along with the fine, his license is suspended along with his mother’s car being impounded for seven days.
"I think impounding is a little extreme when it’s not my car, it’s my mothers — taking my license would make more sense.