January 8, 2020

Samsung SmartThings brings cars to its smart home app

Charlotte Kosche

Sr. Content Writer

The IoT technology provider, Samsung SmartThings, has integrated Smartcar within its smart home app and will soon be compatible with most new vehicles in the United States.

Imagine living in a world in which all of your technological devices are perfectly connected and can be managed within a single app. Smartcar and SmartThings are one step closer to making this dream a reality. By integrating with the Smartcar API, SmartThings will be the first smart home app from which users can monitor, control, and create automations for their vehicles.

SmartThings connects over 10 million homes, has more than 50 million active users, and supports more than 5,000 connected devices. Through the mobile app, users can connect and control different devices in their home environment, including voice assistants, speakers, electric outlets, lights, thermostats, cameras, doorbells, and home security systems.

Thanks to the Smartcar API, SmartThings will now add cars to this range of integrated devices. Smartcar allows SmartThings to integrate with most new cars in the United States in a single development effort.

Users will soon be able to connect their cars to the SmartThings app. (Graphic for representational purposes only. The actual experience might differ.)

Once the integration is complete, SmartThings users will be able to perform actions like locating their vehicle, reading its mileage, and unlocking its doors directly from their phones. Users will also be able to create automations (e.g. “If my car leaves the office, turn on the air conditioner at home”), create scenes (e.g. “Good night” locks the car doors and turns off the living room lights), and receive notifications (e.g. “Notify me when my fuel tank level falls below a 30-mile range”).

Users will be able to perform actions like locating and unlocking their vehicle. (Graphic for representational purposes only. The actual experience might differ.)

SmartThings expects to finish its integration and to roll out the new functionality to users in the United States this year.

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