Samsung’s SmartThings Meets Hyundai and Kia Ev’s Connected Cars

As part of their collaborative drive for linked automobiles and Smart Homes, Samsung Electronics will integrate its smart home gadgets with the in-vehicle entertainment systems of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, including electric vehicles. Samsung announced on Thursday that it and Hyundai Motor Group had inked a memorandum of agreement on January 3 to integrate SmartThings Station, an Internet of Things platform, with the infotainment systems of Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp. vehicles.

Customers of Hyundai and Kia will be able to use touch and voice commands to remotely operate digital appliances via their vehicles’ in-car entertainment systems, as per the agreement. Additionally, they will be able to operate different car systems via TVs, smartphone applications, and AI speakers.

“Home-to-Car” and “Car-to-Home” services:

In order to provide “home-to-car” and “car-to-home” services as well as an integrated home energy management service, the two businesses will collaborate to connect Samsung’s SmartThings with Hyundai and Kia’s connected automobiles, including EVs. The in-car entertainment systems and smart homes are connected via home-to-car and car-to-home services, enabling bidirectional remote control. When at home, users may check the status of their car’s charging, open and close the windows, manage the smart air conditioning system, and start their car.

The SmartThings platform makes all of these functions possible. Moreover, household gadgets like TVs, air conditioners, and EV chargers will be controllable from automobiles. Users’ TV displays and smartphones will provide details on the EV’s driving range and remaining battery when they’re ready to leave for work. The news followed the two businesses’ June last year announcement that they would work together in the in-car entertainment space. As per the deal, Samsung would provide the Exynos Auto V920 processors, which are used in Hyundai’s premium models’ in-car entertainment systems, starting in 2025.

Samsung and Harman, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, are collaborating closely to enhance car-to-home services further. Software and hardware updates are possible using Harman’s “Ready Upgrade” digital cockpit package solution. Users who wish to use a variety of car-to-home services can install the SmartThings feature using a ready upgrade.

By taking into account variable pricing based on the time of day, the power demand response (DR) program, the date of photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage systems (ESS), time-specific carbon emissions, and data from photovoltaic systems, EVs connected to integrated home energy in a management service can automatically determine the time to charge.

Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President at Samsung Electronics, said,By connecting the SmartThings platform with vehicles, we’ll be able to significantly enhance the customer experience in both the home and the car.”

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