How your car will help control your home

AT&T says that it is planning to link its connected car and smart home products via a voice recognition-enabled dashboard control. Home security will be the principal driver of the new tech in that case. But others are also in a race to bring functioning products to market and obtain consumer acceptance.

Two existing AT&T products – AT&T Digital Life, a home management system, and AT&T Drive, its connected car platform – will be merged together to create its platform.

Mercedes has a deal with Nest, the Google-owned thermostat and home smoke alarm gadget maker.

Apple and Google are also working on automotive solutions for in-dash applications.

AT&T Digital Life is currently a smartphone app-run home security system with a home automation element.

The 24/7 monitored home security setup includes controls for lights, locks, and thermostat. A-la-carte add-ons include a garage door opener, cameras, remote door control (to open the door for pet-sitters or repair-people remotely), an energy package for managing lights and small appliances, and water leak detection.

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