Software platform connects cars, homes

Software platform connects cars, homes

By eeNews Europe

 The Control4 proof-of-concept smart home app for the connected car demonstrates one-touch smart home integration by means of an Android Smartphone. On the vehicle side, the demonstration model is based on a head display unit in a Toyota. The app syncs with the vehicle’s head display unit to enable users to access and control their smart home devices like thermostats, illumination, door locks and garage door openers – all directly from the driver’s seat.

The app initiates automation scenes in the home right from the dashboard. Scenes in this context refers to profiles that combine multiple actions related to the respective scenario. Uses just touch, for instance, the "Away" field on the screen and, in addition to closing the garage door, the lights will turn off, security system will arm, doors will lock and the temperature will set to energy-saving mode. Or they touch the virtual "Arrive" button before they turn into the driveway and their smart home will automatically turn on the lights, queue up the music and get the heat going to welcome them home.


At the CES, carmaker Volkswagen showcased similar functionality in its Budd-e minibus study. Though VW did not specify the underlying software of its demonstrator, it is likely that the company also is using SmartDeviceLink.



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