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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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.

    Article Link: Nest Teams Up With Automatic for Energy Saving Temperature Tweaks Based on Vehicle Activity
  2. m2nal macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
    Isn't Google Now+Nest integration supposed to give you the same capibility??
  3. macslayer118 macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    How does this work with 2 or more people living at one house. When one drives away suddenly the Nest is set to away?
  4. smileyborg macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2009
    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?!?
  5. psykix macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    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.
  6. Iconoclysm macrumors 68020


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    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.
  7. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    The day Nest was bought by google was the day I stopped purchasing anything nest related.
  8. nws0291 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    Google now does geofencing with Nest but it should be integrated with the Nest app. The reason they likely don't do it is because Google wants all that sweet location data for traffic etc. Unlikely to see it built into the Nest app native.
  9. mgipe macrumors demi-god


    Oct 6, 2009
  10. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I was just thinking the same thing. Why don't they just use geofencing? It works fine for Reminders and doesn't drain my battery. Works fine in other third party apps too that constantly check my location, such as Dark Sky. Also where is my Nest Widget?

    Eventually I'll dump Nest when a decent competitor comes along that integrates well with HomeKit. Not a fan of Google buying them. I've considered buying that Automatic thing to diagnose some error messages since we have older cars, but I hope that Automatic doesn't send their logs to Google (speed, acceleration, emissions, dates and times I travel, etc) so that they have even more data on me.
  11. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    The way it works is this:

    You register Nest as 2 person home. You tell Nest you are both home. Person 1 leaves, Nest retains temperature. Person 2 then leaves, Nest changes temperature. Person 1 or 2 returns, then temperature changes again. Then Nest later sees both people back home. Nest made 249 and Automatic made 99*2. Now you both leave, in the same car. Your utility company now made more money. because Nest thinks someone is home. See how everyone wins but you? Don't buy Nest. Don't buy Automatic. You save $450 or more. Simply adjust your thermostat yourself and your utility company won't make extra.

    OH MY GOD! This is brilliant. I just saved over $450!!!!! Now you and your wife go to the Apple Store and buy the upcoming iWatch. You can then fight over who gets it. :D
  12. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

    Mike Oxard

    Oct 22, 2009
    No it won't, the Skylark app does exactly this type of geofencing and if I leave home and the wife is still there it alerts me "your nest was not set to away because someone is home" as she has it on her phone too.
  13. MatthewFBS macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
    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 (from our fileserver Mac Mini in a closet somewhere in the house).
  14. octothorpe8 macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2014
    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.
  15. nws0291 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    That sets the nest away not auto-away. Different things that have a different impact on how the nest works. A true built in geofence auto-away would be best.
  16. evan3168 macrumors newbie


    Dec 12, 2012
    That sounds really cool. I have a Raspi laying around that could do that. Would you be willing to share your scripts and how you set it up?
  17. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    The Honeywell thermostat much like the Nest already does this but with your phones GPS so there's no need for an additional piece of equipment.

    Mercedes and others already integrate their car with Nest to do this too so there's no need for the Automatic stuff.
  18. demodave macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    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! ;)
  19. Ed217 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2012
    That requires software that takes that into account, general a server based product. OW, the phones have to keep track of others location.
  20. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    I’ll buy an extra one to make up for the lost sale.
  21. johncarync macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2005
    Cary, NC
    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!"
  22. macosxuser01 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    This isn't new technology! has been doing this for years. For example when I arm my system away, my lights will turn off, my thermostat will adjust to temperature I choose it at, and all my front door lock will be lock. has been using the geo-fencing for over a year now. It's funny how Nest and these other companies have been stealing these features from

    And problem with Nest and these other home automations devices you saw from CES is at they rely on Wifi network. So if your away from home and your internet goes out (which happens every so often) then your screwed. While if you use its uses Cellular communication so you never have to worry about if the power goes out or wifi cuts off because it will still work.
  23. nws0291 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    Google has direct pipe into your car for tons of data. They have a scary amount of info. No wonder they are going into the car insurance business. They will have some of the best risk modeling in the industry with all this data.
  24. kuwxman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    Cool story.
  25. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2007
    Midwest America.
    It has an 'occupancy detector'. It detects when someone walks by it. So, yes, they know when you aren't home...:eek:

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