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How are you using the plugin?

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  • How are you using the plugin?

    I'd love to hear how you're using this plugin - it might give me some ideas for how to build in more functionality in the future!

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    I got my car in November, so my primary reason for creating the plugin was to turn on the climate system before I leave for work in the morning when it was cold outside. I turn it on 5 minutes before my typical departure time (if it's a weekday, I'm "Home", the car is "Home", and my virtual "Work Day" device is turned on), and if it's been running for 15 minutes and I haven't left the house yet, it turns off automatically to prevent too much unnecessary battery drain.

    That quickly grew to include similar logic around leaving work once it got warm out!

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    I also try to forcibly wake the car before expected travel times so it's more likely to be ready, respond to bluetooth presence, etc.:

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    And just last night I was at my daughter's last band concert and was recording all the songs, which drained my battery to the point it ultimately died before it was time to leave. So I used her phone to login to HomeSeer, unlocked the car, opened the trunk for her, and used "Remote Start" to let me drive home even with a dead phone

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    • #3
      The most useful functionality I have set up is for HS to warn me if I need to plug the car in to be charged. I set up an event to change a virtual device if the car is located at home, with the charging port closed and with a range of less than 120 miles. When the virtual device indicates an active “needs charging” status, I blink the top 2 LEDs on all my wall switches until the car is plugged in.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by richardfj View Post
        The most useful functionality I have set up is for HS to warn me if I need to plug the car in to be charged. I set up an event to change a virtual device if the car is located at home, with the charging port closed and with a range of less than 120 miles. When the virtual device indicates an active “needs charging” status, I blink the top 2 LEDs on all my wall switches until the car is plugged in.
        I love the idea of blinking an LED! Need to add that to my logic.

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