During the Consumer Electronics Show, Nest announced a brand new partnership with a whole suite of other companies, all in an attempt to make the smart thermostat even smarter.One of those partnerships is with the automobile accessory maker Automatic, which makes a device that plugs into a wide range of different vehicles to provide in-depth, but at-a-glance information that can be viewed on the iPhone when it’s needed. Now, though, the Connected Car Adapter from Automatic is getting even smarter as it reaches out to the home.
Nest has announced that with the new partnership, the Connected Car Adapter can communicate with the Nest Thermostat and actually adjust certain settings depending on the vehicle’s proximity/activity. For instance, users can set up the Nest to wake up when the car gets near the house. Or, when the car is leaving, have Nest switch to Away mode to save energy. All of these things are set up, and then happen automatically afterwards.
“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.“
The new partnership simply shows that the extension of the smart home can include our automobiles and other devices, which all work together to make the experience better. The Nest Thermostat can be purchased for $249.99, while the Automatic Connected Car Adapter runs for $99.99.