Eve for Tesla lets you control your home from your car

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Tesla has been considered the most high tech auto maker for a while now. Their electric cars are the best in class. Eve is a service for Tesla’s in-car computer that brings a lot of extra functionality to inside the car. What’s more, Eve customers just got even more features that will let them control numerous internet connected home automation systems.

The Eve system is entirely web based mainly because there are no APIs for third parties to add apps to the Tesla in-car computer. Basically you sign up for an account, add some set up info then log in from the car’s web browser. Eve has a custom interface designed to look like it’s an integrated part of the Tesla computer. You can even customize the graphics to match your dashboard. You’ve got a lot of the basic functions that can be assigned to different panels. Things like stock quotes, email, and weather, but the really cool new thing is the new home automation features called EVE Connect.

The dashboard is very customizable and integrates nicely with the Tesla computer.

The dashboard is very customizable and integrates nicely with the Tesla computer.

After you’ve got all of your internet-connected home automation devices connected to your Eve account, you can set up shortcut buttons for enabling or disabling certain sets of devices in your home. For example, you might set the “Arriving home” button to automatically open the garage door, unlock the door to the house and turn on the lights in the hallway.

Shortcuts for home automation actions have large accessible buttons.

Shortcuts for home automation actions have large accessible buttons that are very easy to see and touch while driving.

You can customize the set of devices that activate or deactivation when leaving or arriving.

You can customize the set of devices that activate or deactivation when leaving or arriving.

EVE Connect for Tesla supports a pretty good range of home automation products. You’ll need a Wink Hub in order to connect them all though. EVE Connect is then able to access all of your appliances via Wink. A few of the brands that it supports are Nest thermostat, Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat, Chamberlain MYQ Garage door openers, Kwikset/Weiser Smartcode electronic deadbolts, Shlage Connect touchscreen deadbolts, and Shlage Z-Wave locks. For lighting, you’ve got GE Link, Philips Hue, TCP, Cree, and Osram Lightify connected bulbs. For light switchs and outlets, you’ve got Leviton, Lutron, and Quirky brands. It even supports the Nest and Kidde smoke & CO alarm sensors.

Being able to do all that with one button press is pretty cool, but there’s more. You can also set those shortcuts to automatically activate based on your GPS coordinates.

Home automation actions can be set to automatically activate based on a GPS radius.

Home automation actions can be set to automatically activate based on a GPS radius.

No need to press the garage door opener button anymore.

No need to press the garage door opener button anymore.

The door is unlocked just before you arrive.

The door is unlocked just before you arrive.

Unfortunately browser based apps can only access the location change every 30 seconds, so there might be some issues there. EVE for Tesla cannot access the real-time GPS coordinates for the car, so you’ll want to set a “Home” location radius that’s large enough for it to update and recognize within 30 seconds. Otherwise, you’ll have to manually press the button to activate your “Arriving Home” set of actions.

EVE Connect comes with the EVE for Tesla Premium subscription only. There is a free subscription plan that gives you the basic Dashboard Essentials apps, but with the Premium subscription, you get a lot more. That will cost you $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year (the yearly subscription saves you 17%). You can find out more about the price on the Eve for Tesla website.

By the way, there is no need for any kind of smartphone app or smartphone connectivity with this system. The Tesla S comes with internet access already built into the car, so really all you need to do is set up the account and sign in.  Of course, the Tesla in-car computer still connects to your phone for hands-free calling, but it’s not using up your phone’s data plan and battery life.

Are connected in-car computers that can control all of your home appliances the wave of the future? Let us know in the comments below.

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002.Read more about Adam Lein!