I have a solution that works for me, YMMV. Just add a motion sensor and bulb. Let me tell you my setup:
I have a ‘signal’ light in a small 9" Edison Lantern under my TV stand with a Wyze bulb that lights up if:
The signal light goes off once the motion sensor clears, or as in the case of Person detection (which doesn’t have a ‘clear’ signal), the light has been on for 1 minute.
The motion sensor triggers the bulb without appreciable delay, which is sweet. Person detection triggers the bulb before I see a camera alert. I’ve seen the bulb come on seconds before the doorbell rings.
To do this you make four device triggers:
So, let’s test this:
I get the usual standard false alerts from the camera if the sun brightness changes quickly, but no signal bulb. I often ignore standard alerts.
Truck drives up, person gets out after 12 seconds, no person alert, so no bulb (as you pointed out). Now, the motion detector is reasonably high up under an overhang, so it can’t see more than halfway up my driveway. So it can’t see the street, but it can usually see the heat of a delivery truck engine. So, boom, light, as soon as they pull in the driveway!
If they park in the street, the camera will do the usual person detection as they approach, as it won’t trigger on street activity either.
If they park just outside the motion sensor’s range the camera may still pick up the vehicle and alert me to motion. I would probably ignore that standard alert, and since it would then start the 5-minute cool down, the camera would never do a person detection. HOWEVER, they still have to walk up to the door, and as they do that the motion sensor will trip!
So it is really hard to approach my door without the signal light coming on before they can get to the door bell!
YMMV because some people aren’t lucky enough to be able to position a motion detector so it picks up activity at the door without picking up a lot of other activity, like on the street.
You could probably do most of this with just a weil-positioned motion detector, but I also wanted to know if someone was just loitering in my driveway (not close enough for the motion detector). The person detection also helps if the motion detector battery should die.
Ultimately though, I’d like them to add vehicle detection.