Never lose your car again with Find My Car Smart Kickstarter project

A new Kickstarter project from FMC Smart aims to make sure your iPhone never lets you forget where you've parked again!

After a long day at work or hanging out with my friends or even after going to the shopping mall, there's always a time where I completely forget where I parked my car. Right now, there are apps on the iPhone that will save the location of my car, but I have to manually launch the app to drop a pin each and every time I have parked my car. Stopping to launch an app when I'm running into work or trying to catch a plane is a complete waste of time and totally annoying. So I developed an app that allows the iPhone 4S to remember the last place I parked and the only time I have to launch the app is after I've lost my car, not before.

The way it works is simple an straightforward, using the new Bluetooth Smart technology nestled inside the iPhone 4S it helps find where you've parked your car without having to first tell the app that you've parked in that location.

The receiver sits in your vehicle. All you have to do is launch the Find My Car Smart app and it will automagically locate your car by communicating with the receiver using the BT Smart technology. Unfortunately this only works with the iPhone 4S due to the Bluetooth Smart requirement, but it can be a total lifesaver in those panic moments where you've completely spaced out where you were parked.

The Kickstarter project has a goal of $10,000 in order to being mass production, but they're already up to around $2,500 in funding with 28 days remaining. You can donate just $25 to receive the receiver and a free copy of the app from the App Store, and for an additional $30 you'll get a car charger to ensure the Bluetooth Smart receiver never dies on you. The receive should begin shipping at the end of January.

Source: Kickstarter

Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Never lose your car again with Find My Car Smart Kickstarter project

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I am an App developer, and I am not sure I understand how this App could even work. As far as I know, this is not one of the background services that is supported by iOS (or did it get added recently and I didn't know about it?). I know that you can have a background "location services" service running, but this drains your battery reasonably quickly (you would probably not make it through a whole day with location services running in the background).

Bluetooth Smart takes care of it, it doesn't require the app itself to be running whatsoever. Once you launch the app, it links up to the receiver and guides you directly to your vehicle. Nothing runs in the background at any point in time.

Seems to me it would only work if you were in bluetooth range of the car at which point you could most likly see your can or use your key fob and listen for the horn chirp. Correct me if I am wrong but bluetooth only work for about 30 ft or so.

As far as I can tell, it uses the new Bluetooth Smart features into iOS with the iPhone 4S so that when the device turns on (by turning on your car and powering the bluetooth smart device), it connects to your iPhone/app and notes that it is now in a car. Once it is turned off (by turning off your car), the disconnection is somehow noted by the app, and causes it to activate and find your location (assuming it can get a GPS lock, which it apparently tries for 3 minutes).
Note that this would only work in cars with a power source (USB or car adapter to USB) that turns on and off when the car does.
That's what I can tell from reading the Kickstarter page...

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Great video, also I want to auaplpd you on not stuttering whilst you were explaining it made things that much easier to understand.

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Did you ever bother reading the Kickstarter page? It specifically says that the funding is to acquire the Bluetooth Smart devices in bulk and offer them at a reasonable price, and you get a copy of the app gifted to you as well...

What are you smoking? The product you linked to is not even remotely similar to the product described in this kickstarter project.... the link you provided is for a bluetooth dongle to add bluetooth to a computer which does not have it built in. It has NOTHING to do with storing GPS locations or finding your car.
Maybe try READING next time.

Vaya pzaedo de mierda. El 3gs mas de lo mismo, si es verdad tiene dos o tres chorearas pero sigue sin funcionar el Bluetooth Lo mejor es hacer el jailbreak y a tomar por culo todo xD

The most common problem people have is forgetting the location (floor, row) etc. within a multi-level parking garage. How granular/precise is this product in guiding you to your car in this situation? If I am on the 4th floor and forget which of 50 rows I parked my car, will this tell me. Will it tell me if I'm on the wrong floor. Will it work deep underground or above ground w/cement eveywhere in sight?

Andrew's description of how Find My Car Smart works a little bit off. Matthew is absolutely correct, when you start your engine the Bluetooth device gets powered on and a wireless link is made to the app. When you stop your engine, the device loses power, the wireless link is broken and this signals to the app to get a GPS fix which is saved. Whenever you open the app all it does and drop a pin at the last saved position where your car was parked and your current position so you can navigate back to it.
Thank you Matthew for your comments!

@Rnbarg
GPS needs to see an open sky to triangulate with the GPS satellites, in a multilevel parking lot there are tons of concrete above you absorbing most of the direct GPS signal and metal cars all around you reflecting and bouncing the GPS signals all around. These two effects in conjuction makes getting an accurate GPS location almost impossible under these conditions. You can see this for yourself by opening up Google maps in one of these multilevel parking lots, you'll likely find that the accuracy radius circle is large enough to cover the entire parking lot. In these scenarios Find My Car Smart will still save a location and the accuracy of the saved parking will be indicated by the shaded red circle.
You'll get the best results when you park above ground in an uncovered location.

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