Control4 Connects Smart Car and Smart Home
Control4 used a doll-house-size home display song in conjunction with an Android phone and a Toyota vehicle display head unit to demonstrate a proof-of-concept smart home app that will enable single-button, one-touch control of a smart home from the driver’s seat without requiring the driver to take his or her eyes off the road (or driveway) ahead. Just as he or she would in a home outfitted with a Control4 system, anything from simple actions to complicated, multi-step activities involving lights, locks, garage doors, and thermostats can be initiated from a car featuring such integration.
To accomplish this, Control4 decided to use SmartDeviceLink (SDL), an open-source software designed specifically to integrate Internet functionality into vehicles, to unite smart home functionality with connected cars. Since the demonstration at CES was only a proof-of-concept, there’s no word yet on availability or pricing.