Samsung and Hyundai are joining forces to include Samsung’s SmartThings smart home system in Hyundai and Kia’s connected car services. according to a blog post from Samsung. This collaboration involves developing services that connect homes and cars both ways, as well as creating an integrated home energy management service. Hyundai is the parent company of Kia.
In real-life situations, this implies that you can use SmartThings at home to, for instance, manage your car’s air conditioning or windows. Conversely, when you’re in your car, you can control your TV or adjust your home’s air conditioning. Moreover, you’ll have the ability to integrate your car into your SmartThings routines. Here’s an example from Samsung to illustrate how it might work:
For example, when the morning alarm on a Galaxy smartphone rings, the curtains will open automatically, and the lights and TV will switch on. As users get ready for work, their car will adjust to the preferred temperature. Additionally, the smartphone and TV screens will show details like the electric vehicle’s remaining battery and driving range.
Hyundai and Samsung Teaming Up for Smarter Living
In another statement from Hyundai’s press release, they present another idea or proposal.
For example, during a hot summer evening commute, the user can engage the ‘Home Mode’ to switch on the pre-registered air conditioner and air purifier, activate the robot vacuum, and illuminate the lights for a comfortable and enjoyable home environment. On the other hand, before leaving, the user can trigger the ‘Away Mode’ to turn off unnecessary lights, start the robot vacuum for a tidy living space upon return, and pre-set the vehicle’s air conditioning to a comfortable temperature.
It sounds appealing, doesn’t it? However, it appears that this collaboration is still in its early phases, so it could be a while before you can fully experience the Samsung and Hyundai lifestyle.
The two companies recently agreed on a memorandum of understanding yesterday. The term “future lifestyles” is mentioned four times in Samsung’s blog post. Additionally, the two photos featured in Samsung’s post (which I’ve included in this article) are labeled as “examples” of “services to be developed.”
Currently, it’s not clear which Hyundai or Kia cars will specifically support SmartThings (though a picture from Samsung prominently showcases an Ioniq, suggesting it’s likely). Hyundai states that both Hyundai and Kia will work on creating reliable service-providing infotainment systems. They plan to introduce these features through Over-The-Air (OTA) updates and updates via USB to existing vehicles, although the specific models are not specified.
Tesla is the Initial Smart Home Partner
Before Consumer Technology Association (CES) 2024, Tesla and Samsung revealed a collaboration on smart home energy management. Samsung’s SmartThings users can now link to Tesla products, such as the Powerwall home battery, to monitor energy production and usage.
Tesla and Samsung are working together because of Tesla’s API, and Samsung says SmartThings Energy is the first to use it.
Samsung and Hyundai are teaming up to make your life smarter. They’re connecting Samsung’s SmartThings for homes with Hyundai and Kia cars. This means you can control your car from home and vice versa, creating a more integrated and convenient lifestyle. While it’s still in the early stages, they’re working towards a future where your car and home seamlessly work together.