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Samsung, Hyundai partner up to enhance home-to-car connectivity

Customers can now remotely control their digital appliances through their vehicle's in-car infotainment system.

In an effort to gain traction in the emerging digital and electric landscape, South Korean manufacturers Hyundai and Kia announced their collaboration with Samsung on January 3.

As part of the new deal, both automakers will integrate Samsung’s “SmartThings” IoT platform into their connected vehicle services. This means the new arrangement will allow customers to remotely control digital appliances through their vehicle’s in-car infotainment system. Owners can also operate various vehicle functions using AI assistants, TVs, and smartphone apps. 

For example, Hyundai stated that you can switch on the air conditioning, start a vacuum, and turn on the lights while driving home from work on a hot day by activating “Home Mode.” Alternatively, you can utilize “Away Mode” as you leave to turn off the lights and pre-start your vehicle’s air conditioning.

Currently, SmartThings functions quite similarly to other smart home hubs. You can program your devices to turn on at predetermined times every morning, maximize energy efficiency, open your curtains in response to your phone’s alarm, and much more.

The two automakers have announced plans to upgrade their infotainment systems and add new functions via over-the-air (OTA) upgrades. They will also provide USB updates for current vehicles.

Vice President of Hyundai and Kia’s Infotainment Development Center Haeyoung Kwon stated that the company intends to speed up technological advancements “to continuously make global Hyundai and Kia customers’ journeys meaningful.”

Furthermore, Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President at Samsung Electronics, stated, “The partnership will allow for seamless communication between homes and vehicles, as well as the integration of home energy management services tailored to meet modern lifestyles’ demands. The SmartThings platform will be linked with cars, providing customers a significantly improved experience inside and outside their homes.”

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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