Mazda Just Introduced A $500 Smartphone App

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No, it doesn't drive your car for you...yet.

When it comes to tech the world's automakers are on the cutting edge. As of late car companies have been targeting smartphones, rolling out awesome apps and even designing ways to let you drive from your phone! Mazda is getting in on the smartphone game with Mazda Mobile Start app. The service costs $500 to use and there's an annual renewal fee of $65. That's a lot of money to spend on an app and a decent chunk of change to drop on an add-on. So, what does it do?


As its name suggests you can start your car remotely. Once started the car is put on a 30 minute timer and will shut down when time expires. Once the car is started the last climate control and defroster settings automatically kick in to make things extra comfy. You can also use the app to check your doors (and lock/unlock them), activate a panic alarm and find your car when it's lost. For now the app only works with the 2016 CX-5 (automatic) and Mazda6. More models are expected to be added this year. The app is certainly cool but we'd like to see the price drop or the subscription fee scrubbed.


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