Why is my car so smart - and my house so dumb?
Home automation vs Automobile automation.
“Tesla is more Apple than Ford” claimed the recent headline of an article describing the electric car brain child of billionaire entrepreneur and innovator Elon Musk. Tesla vehicles come equipped "standard" with technology features such as 17” infotainment touchscreens and “auto-pilot” functions progressively enabled over time as software advances. Most times repairs are addressed “wirelessly” via an update downloaded directly to the car. Often described as a “car and a half”, Tesla doesn’t want their customers to feel like they are just buying a car - they want them to learn and to experience.
Reality is, even the base model of the majority of vehicles these days features some form of current technology including hands free calls and streaming music via voice activated controls. What the automobile industry has been creating are not just new modes of transport but technological innovations designed to interact.
Your house can be designed to interact too, using similar technology standard in your car.
Power Locks / Keyless entry
Keyless entry has been available on automobiles since 1982. The first models had the "push to unlock" key fob that is now standard on most vehicles. Available in many models, newer NFC technology requires only the presence of a built-in emitter to unlock the vehicle.
Similar technology has been available in home automation in various forms since 1976. In addition to doing away with the need to copy or hide "spare keys", keyless locks have unique advantages that make them more secure and convenient. The ability to track entry into your home and also assign unique codes for those who require regular access are standard features on these devices.
auto window - shades
Power windows have been available in cars since the 1940 Packard 180 and are now considered standard on most vehicles.
Motorized options for your home's window coverings have been available for many years. The ability to program their functions based on season, time of day and activity type make these a must-have for privacy, security and energy management.
Touchscreen controls first appeared in the Buick Riviera in 1986. The 3 x 4–inch display allowed the driver to control electronic settings such as the trip, radio, and climate with just a touch. While not yet standard on all vehicles, this option is widely available and often standard in top of the line models.
Current home automation platforms provide touchscreen control of the home's main electronic systems including entertainment, lights, shades and security. The same platforms also provide remote access of your system through personal devices from anywhere in the world.
sound system - in ceiling speakers
Today's vehicles are equipped with surround sound speakers discretely located in doors, dashboards and the trunk.
Advancements in the sound quality and design aesthetic of in-ceiling, in-wall and invisible speakers make it possible for you to enjoy audio "discretely" in every room of your home.
one touch climate control
Also first available in 1986, climate controls with at least 2 zones is now standard on most modern vehicles.
Programmable stand-alone and integrated climate controls for your home have been available since 1953. Above is an advertisement for the TM850 Chronotherm featuring "Time-Modulation", easy installation and an accurate "Telechron" clock. In 1953 the TM850 sold for just $34.50.
Today's climate controls are highly programmable and can be easily integrated with other electronic devices providing the right setting at the right time.
Home automation allows you to choose how a device will react, when it will react, and why it should react – lights, shades, music, temperature, security. The schedule is based on your personal preferences and lifestyle.
Just like your car, your house can be designed to respond to you.