How to Integrate Your Vehicle into Your Smart Home
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We have covered a lot of details about how to use automation in your Charlotte, NC home, but what about your car? How does your vehicle fit into your electronic lifestyle? Many auto manufacturers are adding the newest automation technology to their cars, which is great for smart home owners—especially if you use Control4. Here are a few things you can do by integrating your ride into your smart home system.
Push to Start
You’ve seen the option to use a push button to start your vehicle, but what if you could take this to the next level and start your car from inside your house? With Control4, we can integrate your smart car into your system so all you have to do is touch a button on your mobile device and start the car early before you step foot out the door. This is especially helpful on those extra cold days when you want to warm up the car before you venture outside. It may not get below zero in Charlotte, but there are those times when you tend to run to your car to avoid the chills.
You can even set a daily schedule for the car to start 10 minutes before you leave for work. But if you don’t want to use up the extra gas, you could set the task to occur only when the temperature drops below 30 degrees. So you get to decide how cold is just too cold for you!
Customize Your Car
At the most recent CES conference, Control4 announced that certain cars can now connect to a Control4 smart home. Add the smart home app to your iPhone or Android and it will connect to your car. On a Toyota vehicle display unit, for example, you will see the ability to turn your home’s lights on, lock doors and garages, and change the thermostat. The new app software can also initiate automation scenes in the home right from the dashboard. Press “away” and the garage door will close, the lights will turn off, and the security system will arm. Then touch “arrive” on your dash a few minutes before you come home, and your house will come back alive to welcome you inside.
Noel Gouff, Senior Director of Business Development at Control4 said in a press release: “The integration of the connected car with the smart home delivers an exceptional experience for the consumer. We are excited to show the future of car and home connectivity, where drivers have a convenient and responsible way to remotely access all of their most frequently used smart home devices while on the road.”
Want to learn more about how you can connect your car to your Charlotte smart home? Contact us online and we’ll help customize every area of your life with smart technology.