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SmartThings expands and brings new motoring possibilities

Imagine telling your car to recharge from the comfort of the sofa or getting the washing started while you are still driving home.

These are just some of the high-tech solutions Hyundai is hoping will be the next uptake in technology as more vehicles adopt Car to Home and Home to Car internet links.

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation announced that they have recently signed an agreement with Samsung Electronics service partnership where Hyundai and Kia customers will be able to remotely control digital appliances via touch and voice commands through their cars’ in-car infotainment systems.

They will also have remote vehicle control via AI speakers, TVs and smartphone apps to control various vehicle functions.

‘SmartThings’ customers will be able to link Hyundai’s and Kia’s connected car services and Samsung’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

Hyundai has boasted of the opportunities this can present to the modern commuter where can activate the ‘Home Mode’ to turn on the registered air conditioner and air purifier while still stuck in the traffic on as hot evening. Alternatively, before going out, the user can initiate the ‘Away Mode’ to turn off unnecessary lights and start the robot vacuum to create a clean-living space to return to, as well as pre-activate the vehicle’s air conditioning to a comfortable temperature.

Electric vehicle owners can use SmartThings’ integrated home energy management service to check the energy usage of their home and vehicle and adjust the optimal charging times.

The system will incorporate specific modes to minimise device operation while driving including utilising location-based automatic operation, touchscreen and voice commands.

Hyundai and Kia plan to expand the services to overseas customers by linking the connected car platforms and Samsung SmartThings by developing stable service-providing infotainment systems and providing these features through over-the-air and USB-based updates for existing vehicles.

“This is an opportunity to make the connected car’s Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car services more convenient in various fields,” he said.

Hyundai and Kia’s Infotainment Development Centre vice-president Haeyoung Kwon says it is all about make the services more convenient.

“We plan to accelerate our technology development to continuously make global Hyundai and Kia customers’ journeys meaningful.”

Samsung Electronics Executive Vice President said Chanwoo Park says connecting the SmartThings platform with vehicles will enhance the customer experience in both the home and the car.”

“This collaboration will enable communication from Home-to-Car and integrated home energy management services that are optimised for future lifestyles,” he says.

Hyundai and Kia currently provide six Car-to-Home including lighting, plugs, gas shut-off valves, ventilation, air conditioning and boilers and the Home-to-Car service for vehicle air conditioning, remote start and charging management but these will be expanded with a wider range of devices through this partnership.

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