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  • Guest
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    Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
    Range sensors mounted in the garage ceiling are a common solution to know if car is present. If the distance measured is to floor then car is away. If the distance is the car roof then car is present. They are very cheap for DIY solutions when interfaced to a microcontroller. Many years ago I used a Maxbotic one that had a RS-232 interface or an Analog interface. There should be some shrink-wrap ones available in the consumer market, but I have not looked for any. Very common application is robotics.
    Some range sensor options for anyone using Tasmota:

    https://tasmota.github.io/docs/HC-SR04/
    https://tasmota.github.io/docs/VL53L0x/

    Will be testing the VL53L0x as an ON/OFF switch for my electric fireplace (behind glass front panel - will trigger when hand is a few mm away from the sensor)

    https://community.st.com/s/question/...for-protection
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  • Michael McSharry
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    Range sensors mounted in the garage ceiling are a common solution to know if car is present. If the distance measured is to floor then car is away. If the distance is the car roof then car is present. They are very cheap for DIY solutions when interfaced to a microcontroller. Many years ago I used a Maxbotic one that had a RS-232 interface or an Analog interface. There should be some shrink-wrap ones available in the consumer market, but I have not looked for any. Very common application is robotics.

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  • Dweber85rc
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    Originally posted by goldriver View Post
    If you are like me and want to be absolutely certain that the car is IN the driveway and not NEAR You could also mix Michael McSharry bluetooth solution with a retro reflective sensor connected to a switch (I use z-wave mimolite but it could be any contact switch, either zigbee, z-wave or else) to detect presence.

    This is IMO the only way to be 99% sure a car is present

    https://www.amazon.ca/Photoelectric-...80661888&psc=1

    https://www.fortrezz.com/shop/mimo-lite

    then you could create an event that would trigger when both BLE is Near and sensor detects something in the driveway
    I am going to look into those reflector panels. I am using ble detection with mcsmqtt and have to use rssi data to determine proximity, but proximity does not help me for detecting if the vehicle is in the garage or just parked outside because the values are no different. The FSC-BP109 has too good of range!

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  • wpiman
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    I second McsMQTT with beacons. I have several raspberry pi zeros spread around that run the BLEMQTT app exclusively. It works great assuming I park close enough.

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  • goldriver
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    If you are like me and want to be absolutely certain that the car is IN the driveway and not NEAR You could also mix Michael McSharry bluetooth solution with a retro reflective sensor connected to a switch (I use z-wave mimolite but it could be any contact switch, either zigbee, z-wave or else) to detect presence.

    This is IMO the only way to be 99% sure a car is present

    https://www.amazon.ca/Photoelectric-...80661888&psc=1

    https://www.fortrezz.com/shop/mimo-lite

    then you could create an event that would trigger when both BLE is Near and sensor detects something in the driveway

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  • Richel
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    Originally posted by aa6vh View Post

    If you have an Android phone or tablet, you could run the Tasker application with the Autonotification plug in to intercept that notification, then turn around and send a message to Homeseer (to run an event).
    Thank you! I will try to implement this approach.

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  • Guest
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    Originally posted by Richel View Post

    Michael:
    Do you know of any way to integrate these paid services into HomeSeer? I have T-Mobile's SynUp drive, which sends notifications to my android phone via their app, but not beyond the app.
    Elliott
    If you have an Android phone or tablet, you could run the Tasker application with the Autonotification plug in to intercept that notification, then turn around and send a message to Homeseer (to run an event).

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  • Dweber85rc
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    Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
    Bluetooth beacons are a reasonable way to do it. There are multiple discussions in the mcsMQTT plugin forums. It is also described in the plugin’s user manual which can be found at http://mcsSprinklers.com/mcsMQTT.pdf. The idea is that beacons have a transmit range and when the car is out of this range it will not be in the driveway. Those that do this typically use an always powered USB port in the car and plug the beacon dongle into it. A USB extension cable can also be used to get the beacon into a more hidden place in the car.

    There are also paid services that use cell technology and GPS to get a report of the location of the car. Think of LoJack and similar theft tracking applications. Same idea is also used for shipping companies to track trailers.
    I am using a Bluetooth beacon in my car and using my meraki access points to stream the Bluetooth telemetry data to the mcsmqtt plugin. Other options for streaming the Bluetooth data to mcsmqtt exist. It took a bit of effort to set up largely due to my learning curve with mqtt. But has worked well ever since. I'll be adding this setup to my other vehicles before too long.

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  • opie
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    Originally posted by wkrasner View Post
    Which autostart service are you using? Can you get GPS from it? If you can, you could envelope your driveway with a gps fence.As I understand current us gps accuracy is +-33 ft
    I am using the Range Rover Plugin - and unfortunately it keeps giving me 000's for both latitude and longitude.

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  • Richel
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    Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
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    There are also paid services that use cell technology and GPS to get a report of the location of the car. Think of LoJack and similar theft tracking applications. Same idea is also used for shipping companies to track trailers.
    Michael:
    Do you know of any way to integrate these paid services into HomeSeer? I have T-Mobile's SynUp drive, which sends notifications to my android phone via their app, but not beyond the app.
    Elliott

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  • wkrasner
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    Which autostart service are you using? Can you get GPS from it? If you can, you could envelope your driveway with a gps fence.As I understand current us gps accuracy is +-33 ft

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  • Michael McSharry
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    Bluetooth beacons are a reasonable way to do it. There are multiple discussions in the mcsMQTT plugin forums. It is also described in the plugin’s user manual which can be found at http://mcsSprinklers.com/mcsMQTT.pdf. The idea is that beacons have a transmit range and when the car is out of this range it will not be in the driveway. Those that do this typically use an always powered USB port in the car and plug the beacon dongle into it. A USB extension cable can also be used to get the beacon into a more hidden place in the car.

    There are also paid services that use cell technology and GPS to get a report of the location of the car. Think of LoJack and similar theft tracking applications. Same idea is also used for shipping companies to track trailers.

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  • opie
    started a topic Car in Driveway?

    Car in Driveway?

    I built a cool event that checks the weather outside and then locks the doors and starts my car if its under 40 degrees to warm it up. The big problem is that I don't want this to happen if its not in my driveway. Any ideas on if I can tell that its near? Using some Zwave devices already.
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