Hyundai, Kia tie up with Samsung for connected car technology

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  • Hyundai and Kia will be able to seamlessly connect cars and homes of customers through Samsung’s Internet of Things platform.
Korean auto. giants Hyundai Motor and Kia have signed an agreement with Samsung to use its SmartThings IoT platform to their connected car services.

Hyundai Motor and its Korean partner Kia have tied up with smartphone manufacturer Samsung Electronics for connected car technology which will offer both Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car facilities. The deal, which was finalised on Wednesday (January 3) aims to optimise the connectivity between homes and their vehicles in future with the help of the Korean tech giant’s Internet of Things platform, also known as SmartThings.

The connected car technology will help Hyundai and Kia customers to enjoy the ability to manage digital devices remotely using touch and voice commands through their vehicles’ built-in infotainment systems. With the help of this technology, they will be able to remotely control their vehicle through artificial intelligence speakers, televisions and smartphone applications to monitor various car functions.

The technology will also help Hyundai and Kia customers to pair their homes with vehicles by activating ‘Home Mode’ from their vehicle. This will turn on the registered air conditioner and air purifier at home, activate the robot vacuum cleaner and turn on the lights, creating a comfortable and pleasant living environment. On the other hand, when leaving, the user can choose to start ‘Away Mode’ to turn off unnecessary lights, activate the robot vacuum cleaner to keep the space clean in their absence, and precondition the vehicle’s air conditioning to a comfortable temperature. for his return.

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Hyundai and Kia electric vehicle owners can even take advantage of SmartThings’ integrated home energy management service to monitor energy consumption in both their home and vehicle, as well as adjust optimal charging times. “This is an opportunity to make connected car Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car services more convenient in various fields. “We plan to accelerate the development of our technology to continuously make the journeys of Hyundai and Kia global customers meaningful,” said Haeyoung Kwon, Vice President of Hyundai and Kia Infotainment Development Center.

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Hyundai and Kia have already been providing Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car services through other tech companies. The Car-to-Home service provides connectivity with home appliances like lighting, plugs, gas, ventilation, air conditioning and heaters. The Home-to-Car service for vehicle connects features like air conditioning, remote start and charging of electric vehicles.

First Published Date: 04 Jan 2024, 09:24 AM IST

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