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Hyundai, Kia Partner with Samsung for Connected Car and Smart Home Services

Source: Hyundai Motor Group

Seoul, South Korea - Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have partnered with Samsung Electronics to enhance connectivity between homes and vehicles. 

The collaboration, announced on January 3, focuses on developing car-to-home and home-to-car services. 

Among the details

These services will allow Hyundai and Kia customers to control home appliances through their car's infotainment systems and manage vehicle functions remotely through AI speakers, TVs, and smartphone apps. 

  • The integration is based on Hyundai and Kia's connected car services and Samsung's Internet of Things (IoT) platform, 'SmartThings.' 
  • Users can activate modes such as 'Home Mode' and 'Away Mode' to control appliances and vehicle settings for enhanced convenience. 
  • Features include turning on air conditioners, purifiers, lights, robotic vacuums, and pre-setting vehicle climate controls.
  • Location-based automation, touchscreen and voice commands are part of the service, minimizing the need to operate devices in the car. 

What they say: 

Haeyoung Kwon, vice president of Hyundai and Kia's Infotainment Development Center, emphasized making these services more convenient in various areas. 

Chanwoo Park, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics, emphasized that this collaboration will improve the customer experience at home and in the car.

What has been and what is next:

Previously, Hyundai and Kia offered limited car-to-home and home-to-car services through partnerships with telecommunications and construction companies. 

Electric vehicle owners can also manage home and vehicle energy use and optimize charging times.

The plan is to expand these services to international customers by linking Hyundai and Kia's connected car platforms with Samsung SmartThings. 

Future updates for existing vehicles will be provided through over-the-air (OTA) and USB updates.

This new partnership aims to expand the range of connected devices, building on existing services for vehicle climate control, remote start, charging management, and home appliance control.