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Hyundai and Tesla link cars to SmartThings
- January 9, 2024
- Steve Rogerson
Hyundai Motor and Kia are linking Samsung’s SmartThings IoT platform to their connected car services. And Samsung is connecting SmartThings Energy to Tesla products such as the Powerwall home battery, solar inverter and wall connector charging products and electric vehicles (EVs).
South Korean companies Hyundai and Samsung aim to break the boundaries between living spaces and mobility spaces, enhancing the time value of driving.
The car-to-home service provides remote and touch-based control of various home appliances through voice commands while driving. The home-to-car service checks vehicle status, controls functions and manages charging before and after driving.
Users can also experience seamless connectivity with OTA and USB-based updates.
Hyundai Motor and Kia signed the agreement with Samsung Electronics this month for the car-to-home and home-to-car service partnership, aiming to enhance the connectivity between residential and mobility spaces.
Under this agreement, Hyundai and Kia customers will be able to control digital appliances remotely via touch and voice commands through their cars’ in-car infotainment systems. Conversely, they will have remote vehicle control via AI speakers, TVs and smartphone apps to control various vehicle functions.
This is made possible through the organic integration of Hyundai (www.hyundai.com) and Kia’s (www.kia.com) connected car services and Samsung’s (www.samsung.com) SmartThings IoT platform. The aim is to give users uninterrupted connectivity experiences.
Being shown at this week’s CES in Las Vegas, the Tesla and Samsung service integration will connect Tesla’s open APIs, resulting in the further expansion of SmartThings Energy’s connectivity and contributing to Samsung’s goal of enabling more convenient, seamless home experiences for consumers.
“Tesla Energy’s customers can now manage and monitor the power status of their homes through SmartThings Energy and Samsung devices in addition to the Tesla app, ensuring more access and connectivity,” said Chanwoo Park, executive vice president at Samsung Electronics. “This new collaboration is a key milestone for Samsung Electronics in making our solution more widely available beyond home appliances.”
The key consumer benefit of Samsung’s collaboration with Tesla allows SmartThings Energy to connect to Tesla Powerwall, solar inverter and wall connector charging and EVs, allowing SmartThings Energy to display information relating to users’ energy production, storage and usage.
Additionally, consumers will be able to prepare for power disruptions and outages through SmartThings Energy’s ability to sync with the Tesla app’s Powerwall Storm Watch function. This means, in the case of extreme weather events such as typhoons or heavy snowfall, users can be alerted through SmartThings on their connected Samsung TVs and mobiles in addition to the Tesla app. What’s more, they can activate AI energy mode before and during power outages to extend the remaining backup energy stored in Tesla Powerwall.
Samsung’s use of the Tesla API is part of its drive towards making progress on the net-zero home project and enhancing the multi-device experience of SmartThings users.
“At Tesla we are excited to add capability to our products to interact with other intelligent devices and software in customers’ homes,” said Drew Baglino from Tesla (www.tesla.com). “We recently published FleetAPI, allowing developers to interact with Powerwall, solar and wall connectors in addition to our vehicles. We are pleased that Samsung has chosen to be an early developer, given its leading position in consumer smart home technology. Customers will be able to view the status of their grid connectivity across multiple devices and intelligently control home loads to extend their Powerwall energy when off grid.”