Samsung‘s got some news. They’ve recently teamed up with Hyundai Motor Group. The goal? To expand their SmartThings platform. They’re focusing on connected cars, especially electric vehicles (EVs).
This partnership kicked off with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Signed on January 3, it’s all about creating integrated solutions. The idea is to blend smart home functionalities with connected cars.
They’re developing “Home-to-Car” and “Car-to-Home” services. With these, users can control and monitor their cars from their smart homes, and vice versa.
Samsung’s SmartThings platform is the backbone of these services. It lets users remotely manage various aspects of their vehicles. Starting the car, adjusting the AC, controlling windows, checking charging status – all doable from home.
But it’s not just one-way. Users can control home appliances, like TVs, air conditioners, and EV chargers, directly from their car’s infotainment system. The integration aims to provide a seamless experience. Users can create routines that automate specific tasks, like adjusting temperature and displaying EV battery status.
Oh, and there’s more. Samsung and Hyundai are also working on an integrated home energy management service. This service will offer insights into energy consumption across different connected devices in users’ homes. It’ll also provide optimal charging times for their EVs.
The system will consider factors like electricity pricing, power demand response programs, photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage system (ESS) data, and time-specific carbon emissions.
Samsung sees potential in users utilizing SmartThings through routines. It could streamline daily activities across both smart homes and connected cars. This collaboration is a big step toward enhancing the overall customer experience in smart living.
There’s no specific timeline for the rollout of these services yet. But as tech and automotive industries continue to converge, partnerships like this one highlight the growing importance of seamless connectivity and integrated solutions for future lifestyles.
In a related effort, Samsung is also working closely with HARMAN. HARMAN is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. They’re working to enhance Car-to-Home services. HARMAN’s “Ready Upgrade” digital cockpit package allows users to install SmartThings functions. This unlocks a range of Car-to-Home services, further bridging the gap between smart homes and connected vehicles.