Mazda has released an app that will allow owners to operate a number of different systems in their vehicles. The app is called Mazda Mobile Start and will allow you to start your vehicle remotely, check your door lock status and find your vehicle via GPS.
The remote start function will work from almost anywhere, and will allow you to idle your car for up to 30 minutes. Once you start the car, a timer begins so that you can see how long the car has been idling.
Users can also lock or unlock their doors remotely with the door lock status feature. Related is a panic alarm that can also be activated through the app.
The vehicle finder can be used to find a stolen vehicle or can be used to find your car in one of those enormous parking lots.
Mazda Mobile Start costs $500, and can be purchased and installed at you local Mazda dealer.
The only two vehicles that are currently compatible with the app are the 2016 Mazda6 and the 2016 CX-5, but Mazda wants to expand to more models later this year.