Start, locate and control your car from virtually anywhere with your iPhone or Apple Watch!

“Making the cloud-connected car a reality”

"The coolest thing at the Consumer Electronics Show"

"Without a doubt, one of the coolest apps I've ever seen"

Directed created the connected car category for the automotive aftermarket with the launch of SmartStart in 2009. With the release of its all-new 4th generation Directed SmartStart app, connecting with and controlling your vehicle is easier than ever – including control via your Apple Watch!

- Add a Directed SmartStart module to the system in your car so you can start, lock and unlock your car from virtually anywhere. Receive push or text notification if your car alarm goes off.
- Add a Directed SmartStart GPS module instead, and you can also locate your car and receive alerts if your car is speeding or goes where it's not supposed to go.
- For the ultimate connected car experience, install a Directed SmartStart Digital System and you’ll also get direct feedback from the car databus for feature status.

- Directed SmartStart is designed for use with compatible remote start and security systems sold under the following Directed brands: Astrostart, Automate, AutoStart, Clifford, and Python.

Are you tired of carrying around another clunky remote control on your keychain, or finding yourself out of range when you really need to warm up or cool down your car before getting in? Now you can securely remote start, lock/unlock, or find your car just by pushing a button on your iPhone.

Directed SmartStart gives you fingertip control over the following features of your installed Directed remote start or security/remote start system:

- Lock/arm
- Unlock/disarm
- Remote car starter
- Trunk release
- Panic
- Aux channels

Directed SmartStart GPS lets you locate your vehicle or get notified via alerts if your kids go somewhere they aren’t supposed to, or drive unsafely.

How do you get Directed SmartStart? Just follow these three simple steps:

1) Download the free Directed SmartStart app
2) Get SmartStart installed in your car (see for more information and where to buy Directed SmartStart).
3) Set up your SmartStart account, and start using your SmartStart system.

That’s all there is to it!

Directed SmartStart also includes membership to Directed Motor Club, providing convenient flat rate 24/7 access to our nationwide roadside assistance network. Just press a button in the app to get connected for towing due to breakdown or accidents, or assistance with a dead battery or flat tire. No hardware or service purchase required.

Latest features:

- Convenient widget provides quick access to sending commands

- Two new dashboards added that allow you to pick the layout and features most important to you

- Enhanced remote start feedback: the app confirms the command and then follows it up a few moments later to let you know if the engine is running, or stopped (digital systems only). The details are provided right on the dashboard too, no need to check your status page all the time.

- Enhanced command feedback: Now when you send a command to your SmartStart system, the app provides the details for the command right on the dashboard and keeps them there in case you forget and want to check back later to confirm what happened. Doors locked at 8:30AM? Check! (all systems)

- Is my car secure when I remote start it? Yep, we've been doing this a long time. The car is started, but only you can drive it away.
- Can I control all of my cars with the same app? You bet, just install Viper SmartStart systems in your other vehicles and they will show up in the app automatically.
- What is Directed Motor Club? It's our roadside assistance program that is included with every SmartStart Secure service plan (requires user to sign up via mysmartstart web site).

What's New

Version 4.3.4

- Improved SmartFence and Speed Alert Scheduling feature
- Widget improvements
- Support for 48 hour grace period
- Various bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5

19 Ratings

19 Ratings



Installed about a year ago ! Wanted to put through real world everyday test before review ( summer , winter ) . AWESOME! Get professional install & no problems ! Installed in Hummer H2 ! Integrated into truck , if heat or air is set to on before exiting vehicle, automatically turns back on when remote started ! If temp drops low in this truck , checks with car system and turns on heated seats in the winter ! Make sure cell service is good , but have not had system fail once since install ! Worth every penny ! Cold PA nights & warm truck ! Hot summers & cool A/C truck to get into ! AWESOME ! No longer distance problem & failed key fobs ! Phone charged & you are good to go ! Thank you Directed ! Keep up excellent job !!

So far, awesome


I just recently installed the smart start equipment in my vehicle. The app works smoothly. There is a bit of lag in communication but that is to be expected based on how the system works. I really like the ability to track the vehicle on gps

Watch app doesn't work


Phone does exactly what it's supposed. Works pretty well. The watch app is terrible. Most of the time I get a "Please connect the watch to your iPhone" on the watch. Watch is connected, I've tried restarting and uninstalling the apps with no change. The watch app has probably only worked twice the whole time I've had it.


Directed Electronics, Inc.
200.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Directed


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