Nest Teams Up With Automatic for Energy Saving Temperature Tweaks Based on Vehicle Activity

During CES 2015, Nest announced a number of new partnerships, including one with auto accessory maker Automatic. For those unfamiliar with Automatic, the company produces an easy-to-use OBD port accessory that plugs into a range of different vehicles to provide at-a-glance car information on the iPhone.

Automatic's Connected Car Adapter is now capable of interfacing with the Nest Thermostat, letting customers create new interactions that will allow the Nest Thermostat to be adjusted based on vehicle activity.

For example, users can create a setting in the Nest app that wakes the Nest up when the car gets near to the house, or set it to Away mode when leaving to save energy. The Nest and Automatic integration allows the thermostat to detect the location of the car, so it's possible to set the Nest Thermostat to adjust house temperatures as a user is driving towards their home.

A wide variety of rules can be created through the new integration between the two products, using filters for location, time of day, day of the week, and more, for more precise control over temperature when away from the home.

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The Automatic integration offers customers a chance to maximize potential savings through intelligently chosen rules that give the Nest thermostat a more timely understanding of when heating or cooling is needed--and when it's not needed.

"At Automatic, we've focused on saving people money from the very start with our fuel-efficiency coaching, which has saved many users hundreds per year on fuel costs. Now we're thrilled to extend the connected car's benefits into people's homes, to make life more automated, convenient, and efficient," said Thejo Kote, CEO of Automatic. "The home and car are people's two most expensive budget items. The Automatic and Nest platforms now work together to make those less of a burden in every way we can."
Both Nest and Automatic have been working hard to build partnerships to connect their products to a range of other devices. Automatic, for example, also integrates with the Jawbone UP, select Ford vehicles, and app IFTTT.


The Nest Thermostat now works with an even wider range of products, including Whirlpool washers and dryers, Philips hue lights, Kevo Smart Lock, Dropcam, Rachio sprinklers, August Smart Lock, and more.

The Nest Thermostat can be purchased from the Nest website for $249.

The Automatic connected car adapter can be purchased from the Automatic website for $99.95.



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61 months ago
The day Nest was bought by google was the day I stopped purchasing anything nest related.
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61 months ago
The dog in that video...

The dog in the video is thinking, "I'm so glad you're home! Whenever you leave it gets so freakin' cold in here!"
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61 months ago
I don't understand why the Nest iOS and Android apps don't add Geofencing support to use your phone's location to determine when you are and aren't home. Why do you need to rely on a third-party device for your car to achieve this?!?
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61 months ago
How does this work with 2 or more people living at one house. When one drives away suddenly the Nest is set to away?
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61 months ago

I don't understand why the Nest iOS and Android apps don't add Geofencing support to use your phone's location to determine when you are and aren't home. Why do you need to rely on a third-party device for your car to achieve this?!?


You can do this using the Skylark app. Works a treat, and caters for multiple people. Only sets away when last person has left the house.
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61 months ago

I don't understand why the Nest iOS and Android apps don't add Geofencing support to use your phone's location to determine when you are and aren't home. Why do you need to rely on a third-party device for your car to achieve this?!?


Exactly, and especially when that third party device doesn't have any sort of GPS anyway. They're letting the Automatic app act as the geofencing source rather than the smartphone's own native API. This is gimmicky and, dare I say it, stupid.

My wife's first question when I showed this to her was, "So the heat is going to turn off on me whenever you leave the house?" Yes, yes it will.
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61 months ago

The day Nest was bought by google was the day I stopped purchasing anything nest related.


I’ll buy an extra one to make up for the lost sale.
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61 months ago
Another solution looking for a problem.
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61 months ago
I have my Nest go auto-away when both of our iPhones leave the home network. Saves a *ton* of money in Phoenix summers.

I just ping the phones and control Nest via https://github.com/gboudreau/nest-api (from our fileserver Mac Mini in a closet somewhere in the house).
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61 months ago

God forbid you should get home before your house has been cooled or warmed to your specifications automatically based on the movements of the 5,000 pound hunk of metal you're using to transport yourself. Oh wait, I forgot, this is "green" tech.


Sure, when you look at it that way ...

But when you consider *actively* allowing your home system to *slow* heating or cooling based on the fact that you have left, it's not a bad concept. The concept is probably already in 1970s or 1980s sci-fi/fantasy, but the tools to effectively make it happen are pretty 2012, and it takes time to execute on those tools to actually get a useful result.

Don't be such a luddite! ;)
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