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Do you think you can start your Kia Niro with your smartphone?
Well you cannot start and drive your Niro by "starting" it with
your Kia access app.

Kia really dropped the ball when they named their feature "remote start"
All it does is remotely warm/cool your Niro. Thats it. If you try to drive
without the key in your possession it will immediately shut down.

If you misplace your key on a trip you are out of luck. Kia has no ability
to help you get your car started from either your app or their remote
capability. Shame on them. They are competing in a world where that should
be easy - and is from several of their competitors.
 

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Do you think you can start your Kia Niro with your smartphone?
Well you cannot start and drive your Niro by "starting" it with
your Kia access app.

Kia really dropped the ball when they named their feature "remote start"
All it does is remotely warm/cool your Niro. Thats it. If you try to drive
without the key in your possession it will immediately shut down.

If you misplace your key on a trip you are out of luck. Kia has no ability
to help you get your car started from either your app or their remote
capability. Shame on them. They are competing in a world where that should
be easy - and is from several of their competitors.
What you're talking about is a "digital key" and while it's becoming more common it's still a pretty niche feature. Remote start =/= digital key. Remote start is just that, it allows you to start the car when you're not in it and it's usually used to run the HVAC to either heat or cool the car before you take off. In fact, remote start systems are specifically designed to not let the car be driven to prevent theft. I've never heard the phone based digital key feature referred to as remote start. Remote starters have been around since before push button ignitions were a thing so Kia using that term to describe the same feature on the Niro is perfectly normal and correct.

Oh, and welcome to the forum! 馃榿
 

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Almost every car with factory remote starting still requires the key in the driver's possession and often will stop the car as soon as the door is opened and the driver needs to restart. It's for security reasons so that someone can't enter the car and drive off with it.
 

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Almost every car with factory remote starting still requires the key in the driver's possession and often will stop the car as soon as the door is opened and the driver needs to restart. It's for security reasons so that someone can't enter the car and drive off with it.
I think this is true for every car with factory remote and if someone was to install remote start as aftermarket and the same rules did not apply - I say they deserve what could happen.
 

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It's much simpler just to reach into my pocket and push a button for 5 seconds to start mine. My keys never come out of my pants except to change them.
 
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