Smart home integration is about to become a necessity for carmakers

Gadgets Now:  Car companies are often accused of dragging their feet when it comes to adopting new technologies or reacting to trends, but that can't be said about their realization about the synergies between a connected car and a connected home.

For example, way back in 2014, Mercedes launched a feature for its cars that communicated with the Nest smart thermostat so that the car's position in relation to its driver's home would automatically instruct the thermostat to turn up or down the heat or activate the air conditioning.

But three years on, Google, Amazon and Apple are all moving firmly into the smart home space with voice-activated assistants that can do everything from answer a query regarding the weather to ensuring the oven is turned off, the lights in the garage are on and that a delivery of new diapers is imminent. However, each works on a very different digital platform and car companies are having to pick their technological partner wisely.

"Extending smart home voice control into the connected vehicle is part of an ongoing integration that will pull together home and vehicle personalization," said Jonathan Collins, Research Director at ABI Research. However, Collins points out, by teaming up with either Amazon or Google, car companies who traditionally like to keep everything in-house, will be losing some of the control they currently have over the types of in-car technologies and their capabilities that go into their vehicles. "That means Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) will have to select partnerships and technology suppliers that can best support the widest integrations."  Full Article:

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