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Communicating with residential electrical devices via a vehicle telematics unit

United States Patent

9,495,866
November 15, 2016
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A method of communicating with residential electrical devices using a vehicle telematics unit includes receiving information identifying a residential electrical device to control; displaying in a vehicle one or more controlled features of the identified residential electrical device; receiving from a vehicle occupant a selection of the displayed controlled features of the residential electrical device; sending an instruction from the vehicle telematics unit to the residential electrical device via a wireless carrier system in response to the received selection; and controlling the residential electrical device using the sent instruction.
Roth; Rebecca C. (Novi, MI), Pebbles; Paul H. (Novi, MI)
General Motors LLC (Detroit, MI)
13/ 803,217
March 14, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with government support under Award DE-EE0002628 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.