Siri can help you do a number of things on the iPhone 4S, but did you know that it can remotely control your car as well? Well, it’ll take some work and programming skills, but developer Brandon Fiquett has found a way for Siri to communicate with his Acura. The hack requires coding in Ruby and PHP and the Viper SmartStart system. As Fiquett explains it:
I created a new ruby plugin that is used by plamoni’s “Siri Proxy”, a proxy server for Apple’s Siri assistant. This proxy server allows for the creation of custom plugins that can intercept recognized speech and perform virtually any function imaginable (programmable, scriptable).
The “Siri Proxy” plugin I wrote handles interaction with a php script that runs on my web server. The php script, which I developed months ago for personal use, allows me to send commands to my car which has a Viper SmartStart module installed.
Current commands accepted are: “Vehicle Arm”, “Vehicle Disarm”, “Vehicle Start”, “Vehicle Stop”, “Vehicle Pop Trunk”, and “Vehicle Panic”.
Don’t have the programming savy to deal with proxy servers and whatnot? You can always just have the SmartStart gizmo installed in your ride and make use of the free Viper SmartStart app. Needless to say, it won’t be nearly as cool as having Siri do all the work for you.