Trigger door opening when car arrives home?

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Hi, I hope someone knows the answer to this? I haven't yet installed MyQ in my garage, but is considering it if I can make this work: Have the garage door open automatically when I arrive home in my car. I realize several garage door openers allow using my iPhone location to trigger the door, but then it would open irrespective if I come home in my car or on foot. I was hoping the IFTTT BMW Labs triggers for this would work, but sadly my car is not covered by this. I was hoping the iPhone could trigger the garage door only when connected to the car bluetooth, but I understand iOS does not allow this.

So, does anyone know of a way to achieve this with MyQ?
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Yes if you get the HomeKit addon for the my q opener you can create a geofence in the home app on your phone and when the gps on your phone detect you are within it it will open the door

I personally haven’t played with that too much I worry if I have to reboot my phone while I’m home it may open the garage door again when t boots back up. I instead have set up a wifi plug with nothing on it. Then with automation on the home app I said when the plug turns on open the garage door, when it turns off close the garage door

Then I created a scene called I’m home to trigger that switch. Because I use CarPlay on my car I cannot use Siri to open the garage door itself (Siri says I can do that while your driving)

I was using my Apple watch but now as I approach home I say hey Siri I’m home and my door opens.
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Thanks, Michael, appreciate your help! However, I fear the phone solution will not distinguish between arriving home in my car vs on foot or bike?
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Yeah it wouldn’t but if you are paired over Bluetooth and not using CarPlay a simple hey Siri open the garage door works too. Then you do not need the geofence
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This one would do exactly what you are looking for www.gotailwind.com
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I think Scott has the solution you are looking for. Apple doesn’t go off specific Bluetooth pairings in their automations so with tailwind you will need their sensor if an iPhone otherwise for Android it inspects that your phone is currently connect to your car via Bluetooth before it opens.
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Excellent, Tailwind seems like it should work!
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Except it’s not HomeKit compatible so not sure how that would work for an iPhone user

*edit just read about the optional vehicle sensor

Is it just me or does the tailwind app look an awfully like Chamberlains???
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First thing I noticed was the similarities. Wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a backend provider in common like alarm.com being the back end of several smart alarm companies.
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You’re probably right a lot of companies outsource for their app saves a ton of money in developer costs
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It is a custom back end and cost a lot of money and time to develop I assure you. I paid the bill for it. Yes they look similar.I have a number of garage door control apps and they all look pretty similar. Picture of a garage door. Name of the door. Menus.

And yes, if you have any suggestions you have my ear, but this isn't the appropriate forum. I just stumbled upon this thread and wanted to offer an answer. However, I also want to make sure nobody misunderstands. There is NOTHING about Tailwind that is in common or shared with any other platform. It was designed from the ground up from scratch and was built solve problems others have not solved, including the one this thread started out with.
Have a great Saturday evening Gentlemen.
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I meant no ill will in my assumptions and sorry for doing so. I like the look and very well may give it a shot in the future. Do you have a forum or a way to contact you? I have additional questions.
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Thanks, Scott, this does indeed look like a unique product that could solve something I have been pondering for quite a while. One crucial question in my case; will it work in Europe (mainland, EU power plug)?
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And another question, the FAQ says "If your door opener has a button mounted on your garage wall"; mine does not, I only have remote controllers. Does this mean Tailwind will not work?
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Europe plug is no problem Bjorn. As for the door opener compatibility, it will work as long as your door opener has 2 contacts that can be shorted together to trigger the opener.
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So is the Homekit add on the only way?  Shame IFTTT doesn't have a "Open Door" action.  I have the B970, just set it up.  I would love to be able to drive in and have the garage door open automatically as I get close to the house.  This doesn't seem to be asking much.

I have Amazon Echo, IFTTT, and Smartthings.  Is there another way?
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Hi, so I have now purchased and installed the Tailwind solution, and I am happy to say it achieves exactly what I was looking for! By using a small bluetooth vehicle sensor (not needed with Android phones) the garage door opens when I arrive home and closes when I leave home. I can also use the Tailwind phone app to open and close the door, and HomeKit is said to be under development. If so, I can also link it to when I open my front door or ask Siri to open/close the garage door.
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I too have found a solution to automate the door as I arrive home

I use a Belkin Wemo mini plug and set up an automation to trigger that to come on when I approach the house. I then set up two more automations. One to open the garage door when that switch turns on and to close it when it turns off. I then set a two minute timer on the open automation so the garage door is usually closing as I walk into the house
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Sounds good, but this solve what I saw as an issue; to distinguish between when I arrive in my car as opposed to on foot or by bike, when I don't want the door to open?
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Yeah if I walk my dog or ride my bike it does open. It’s only a couple of taps to disable the geofence but hoping Siri gets smarter so you can say turn of geofence for 1 hour or something.

But my two minute timer is also there so if it opens it will also close.
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Here is my homekit set up

First set a scene to turn the switch on and a scene to turn it off if you like

The. Under automation add two once for arriving and setting the home scene and one to end the scene

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Does this solve, I meant to ask...
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OK, I see there are ways around this, but I must say this is where Tailwind's solution impresses me, as the beacon in the car ensures that the garage only opens/closes when the car is the mode of transport being used.
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Yeah sounds interesting got a link?
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Thanks
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I have an "Automatic Pro" adapter in my car which works with IFTTT and can set an "area" for when I enter or leave to initiate activity.  With IFTTT, when I enter a defined area around my house, IFTTT turns "on" a switch (I use a Z-Wave Garage Door Sensor), which opens the garage door.  I do the same logic to close the door when I leave the area. 
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I tried using IFTTT for this and had mixed results. I tried changing the size of the circle around my house but could not find a "sweet spot". I was experiencing 2 issues that caused me to abandon that approach:

1) It triggered "Enter" events while just sitting in my house, causing my garage door to open unexpectedly.

2) Sometimes when I arrived home it worked reasonably well without too much delay, but more than 50% of the time it would open the door WAY too late. Many times I was already in the house (I gave up waiting for the door to open) and the garage door would open again from the IFTTT "enter area" event.

From my experience, using IFTTT for a time critical application like opening the garage door as I approach my house isn't reliable enough.
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For those of us using Android: I'm doing nearly exactly this.  I haven't set it up end-to-end yet, but have all of the individual pieces working.  Here's everything you need: 

Raspberry Pi Wireless0: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XJQV162/
Python WebServer: https://gist.github.com/bradmontgomery/2219997
MyQ Python API: https://github.com/Einstein42/myq-garage
Android Tasker/Geofence: https://joaoapps.com/autolocation/what-it-is/

Notice: No IFTTT or subscription fees involved.  Open/close door actions supported.