The VA "Vehicle
Announcer" is a plug in module that communicates with your Home
Automation system, notifying the system that the vehicle is
leaving or arriving. This is done by using X10 RF ON and OFF
signals. When the vehicle is leaving the unit transmits a X10 RF
ON signal, when the vehicle is arriving it transmits a X10 RF
The house and
unit number are programmable as well as other user defined
The VA is designed to plug into the Auxiliary
Power (Cigarette Lighter socket) connecter available in
virtually all cars and also has a spare socket for other plug-in
items such as mobile phone chargers.
When the car is started in the driveway, the HA system logs
that the car has been started, then turns ON the driveway lights
and relevant external house lights and announces that "Neil's
car is leaving" via the in house audio system. When the car
returns and approaches the house the HA system logs that
the car is returning, then turns ON the driveway lights and
relevant external house lights and announces that "Neil's car is
arriving" via the in house audio system.
RF Transmission LED - This led flashes
twice for each RF ON message and once per RF OFF message.
RF Pause / Resume Pushbutton - Allows the
user to pause the transmission of RF messages. Auto pausing
after transmission of the ON messages may be set via a dip
64 Possible House & Unit numbers - Allows
each family member to have their own unique identification.
RF Range is approximately 50..100m. This
is variable and depends on the surroundings, buildings etc.
The Vehicle Announcer will be available in versions to suit
the current X10 frequencies.
To suit the Australian and European X10 Frequencies $85.00 AU
Ex GST & Freight.
To suit the North American X10 Frequencies $(NOT currently
available) AU Ex GST & Freight.
1) The VA has a short (160mm) flexible aerial that protrudes
from the base of the unit. This should not physically interfere
with any other equipment.
2) Some vehicles have a very shallow Auxiliary Power socket
and may require an extension lead. So far this has only been
evident on the Holden Astra.