Control4 Corporation debuted a new control app at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The app uses SmartDeviceLink (SDL), an open-source software designed to integrate Internet functionality into vehicles, to unite smart home functionality with connected cars.
The Control4 smart home app for the connected car demonstrates smart home integration using an Android phone and a Toyota vehicle heads-up-display unit. The Control4 App syncs with the vehicle's heads-up-display unit to enable Control4 users to access and control their smart home devices, such as thermostats, lights, locks and garage doors, right from the driver's seat.
The app can initiate automation macros in the home right from the dashboard, combing different smart home functions into a single button. Touch "Away" and, in addition to closing the garage door, the lights will turn off, the security system will arm, the doors will lock, and the temperature will set to energy-saving mode. Touch "Arrive" before you turn into the driveway and your smart home will automatically turn on the lights, queue up the music, and get the heat going to welcome you home.
"The integration of the connected car with the smart home delivers an exceptional experience for the consumer," said Noel Gouff, senior director of Business Development, Control4. "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."
"We are committed to showing the potential of what is possible with SDL technology here at CES," said Paul Elsila, CEO of Livio. "Working alongside Control4 to architect a concept for integrating the smart home into future vehicles aligns precisely with how both companies want to provide the most choice for consumers in regards to their future mobile connectivity whether they are at home or in their car."
The Control4 control app will be on display with live demonstrations in the Livio CES booth #4230 (Tech East, North Hall) from January 6th through the 9th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.