Smart home vendor Vivint Smart Home introduced on Wednesday Vivint Car Guard, a first-of-its-kind service that allows homeowners to manage the security of both their home and car with a single app. Vivint Car Guard provides peace of mind with the ability to monitor the security, location and diagnostics of the car, from anywhere.
Integrated into the Vivint Smart Home app, Vivint Car Guard will send notifications if the car is bumped, towed or stolen. Many households regularly park at least one car outside the garage, but cars parked in driveways, parking lots or on the street are vulnerable, even if equipped with car alarms.
In the U.S., thieves steal a car every 41 seconds, resulting in nearly 800,000 stolen vehicles per year.
Vivint delivers an integrated smart home system with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24/7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves more than 1.4 million customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Vivint Car Guard device is easy to install into the standard onboard diagnostics port (OBD-II) under the dashboard of most cars. Vivint Car Guard is powered by Mojio, a platform and SaaS solution provider for connected cars.
In addition to monitoring the security of car, Vivint Car Guard helps locate the car or loved ones with GPS tracking of the car’s location and travel direction. Consumers can also create geofences around important places, such as home, office or school, and receive notifications when the car enters or leaves these areas.
With a connected home and car, consumer can customize Vivint smart home to turn on lights and record video using outdoor cameras if anyone disturbs the vehicle in the driveway. Vivint Car Guard can also trigger smart home to turn on/off lights, lock up, close the garage door and arm system when driving away.
“Consumers want to protect their two most valuable assets – their home and their car,” said Jeff Lyman, chief product officer at Vivint Smart Home. “Connecting the car and home unlocks enhanced protection and convenience that weren’t possible before.”
Vivint Car Guard also monitors car’s health and safety, providing reminders for regular maintenance, as well as notifications about mechanical problems and recall information. Parents and guardians can help keep new drivers safe with smart driving analytics, including trip history, hard stops and rapid accelerations.
Consumers can purchase Vivint Car Guard along with a Vivint smart home system for integrated home and car security, or separately as a standalone service.
Pricing starts at US$199 for the Vivint Car Guard device and $9.99/month for service.