Hyundai, Kia and Samsung Join Forces for Car-to-Home Services

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have recently entered into a partnership with Samsung Electronics to establish a collaborative Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car service. The primary objective is to enhance the seamless connectivity between residential and automotive environments. As part of this agreement, Hyundai and Kia customers will gain the capability to remotely manage digital appliances using both touch and voice commands through their vehicles' in-car infotainment systems. Conversely, they will also have the ability to control various vehicle functions through AI speakers, TVs, and smartphone apps. This advanced connectivity is achieved through the seamless integration of Hyundai and Kia's connected car services with Samsung's Internet of Things (IoT) platform, known as 'SmartThings.'

According to the companies’ communication, "Customers are expected to use it in various ways in their daily lives, enjoying uninterrupted connectivity experiences. For example, on a hot summer evening commute, the user can activate the ‘Home Mode’ to turn on the registered air conditioner and air purifier, start the robot vacuum, and turn on the lights for a comfortable and pleasant living space. Alternatively, before going out, the user can initiate the ‘Away Mode’ to turn off unnecessary lights and start the robot vacuum to create a clean, living space to return to, as well as pre-activate the vehicle's air conditioning to a comfortable temperature".

In Hyundai and Kia's Car-to-Home service, users have the option to register and utilize distinct modes tailored for different situations, ensuring minimal device operation while driving. Notably, the service incorporates location-based automatic operation, supplementing touchscreen and voice commands for enhanced user convenience. Furthermore, owners of electric vehicles can leverage the integrated home energy management service offered by SmartThings. This feature enables them to monitor the energy consumption of both their home and vehicle, allowing adjustments for optimal charging times.

Hyundai and Kia plan to expand their Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car services to overseas customers by linking the connected car platforms and Samsung SmartThings. To achieve this, Hyundai and Kia will develop stable service-providing infotainment systems, and subsequently provide these features through over-the-air (OTA) and USB-based updates even for existing vehicles.

"This is an opportunity to make the connected car’s Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car services more convenient in various fields", said Haeyoung Kwon, Vice President of Hyundai and Kia’s Infotainment Development Center. "We plan to accelerate our technology development to continuously make global Hyundai and Kia customers’ journeys meaningful". "This collaboration will enable communication from Home-to-Car and integrated home energy management services that are optimized for future lifestyles", said Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President at Samsung Electronics. "By connecting the SmartThings platform with vehicles, we’ll be able to significantly enhance the customer experience in both the home and the car".

Meanwhile, Hyundai and Kia have already been providing Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car services through collaborations with telecommunication companies and construction companies. The Car-to-Home service was previously available for six items, including lighting, plugs, gas shut-off valves, ventilation, air conditioning and boilers and the Home-to-Car service for vehicle air conditioning, remote start and charging management will be expanded to support connections with a wider range of devices through this partnership.