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Remote starter history

One of the first remote starters on the market was launched in the prairies by a Winnipeg-based company by the name of A.A. Auto Matic Products Limited. The barren winter winds were a little too much to handle and this was one of the first electronic solutions.


By late 1968, the wireless Ramostar Radio Motor Starter was all the rage, according to the Mail Order section of Popular Sciences. Ramostar hailed from a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. The Radio Motor Starter wasn’t cheap; $595 US in 1968 money, which translated into about a third of the price for something called a Toyota, or the outright purchase of a six-year old Rambler

Early 1990s , VitroPlus added the remote starter to it’s growing electronic line of products. This model was fresh, small and with only one function, what a life saver!

Evoluation brought trunk, alarm and lock/unlock features



5 years ago we would never have associated the smart phone with a remote starter. We used to have the liberty of ignoring wireless communication evolution. Did you know that in Canada, mobile data traffic will grow 900% from 2013 to 2018, that is a compound annual growth rate of 54%. (Cisco, VNI Mobile Forecast Highlights, 2013-2018)

Those times are gone! The writing is on the wall that smart phones are here to stay and will continue to evolve

  • Smartphone penetration in Canada is now at 73%. (J.D. Power & Associates, Canadian Wireless Total Ownership Experience Study, 2014)
  • Over 27.9 million Canadians are wireless phone subscribers. CRTC, Communications Monitoring Report, 2013) Population of Canada in 2013 was 35.16 million.
  • More than one in five households in Canada have cell phones as their only form of telephone service. In 2013, 21% of households reported using a cell phone exclusively, up from 13% in 2010. (Statistics Canada, Residential Telephone Service Survey 2014)
  • Exclusive cell phone use is higher in households where all of the members are under 35 years of age.