Livio Smart Car Radio talks to your connected home

Control your smart home tech from your car with Livio Connect's concept device
Livio Car Radio

Livio Car Radio

Smart home tech is taking to the road with the Livio Car Radio.

The concept car radio connects with your smartphone or tablet to seamlessly run apps on your car dashboard using the SmartDeviceLink standard. It'll also communicate with smart home devices such as the Nest thermostat, as Livio demonstrated at CES.

As well as controlling the temperature of their office in Detroit from a car in Las Vegas, Livio also used the radio to command a Quirky Pivot Power Genius power strip to turn connected devices on and off from a distance.

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On the road

Livio Car Radio

Livio Car Radio

Livio Car Radio

Livio Car Radio

Livio Car Radio

Livio Car Radio

As an example, you'll be able to hit the "Go Home" button on your satnav, and the Livio Car Radio will tell your thermostat how long the journey's going to take, and when to turn up the heat so that your house is at the optimum temperature when you arrive.

It's all part of Livio's bid to get car manufacturers to use the SmartDeviceLink standard across their infotainment systems, by showing the sort of apps that car radios will be able to run in future.

We can't wait to mess with the folks back home by switching their heating on and off while we're on the road.