Drivers can now preheat engines with the use of a phone

LOUISVILLE. A new mobile tool from Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America will allow drivers to preheat their engines by using their mobile phone.

ThermoCall was introduced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show here. The new Webasto tool is compatible with Webasto coolant heaters, controlling on/off functions, programming heater start time up to 24 hours in advance, and setting a 7-day reminder. ThermoCall stores up to five authorized phone numbers and can operate up to two heaters and two trucks.

The ThermoCall kit comes with the ThermoCall receiver, GSM antenna and wiring harness. Once installed and pre-paid SIM card with unique phone number and active GSM Network is added, users simply download the ThermoCall app on their smartphone and can control their heater via text message or phone call.

ThermoCall will be available in May.

Also on display at the Webasto booth is SmarTemp Control 2.0. This is the next generation version of the original SmarTemp Control. The new version includes a programmable heater start time feature. This will allow users to manually set the timer so that the heater will turn on at a desired time/day, with duration options of 30, 60, 90 and 120 minute time periods.

SmarTemp Control 2.0 delivers precise temperature control when paired with Webasto air heaters. The digital control is an easy-to-use temperature management system with an intuitive dial to set and adjust temperature settings. The SmarTemp Control 2.0’s large LCD screen prominently displays the temperature, and its one-click-to-one-degree ratio makes it easy to adjust.

SmarTemp Control 2.0 will be available in April.

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