Car to Home, an in-vehicle connected device control service hit in South Korea

Korea Telecom is ramping up efforts to tap deeper into connected car services as it applied its in-vehicle connected device control technology to Kia Motors’ new sedan.

The telecom has installed its Car to Home service to Kia’s facelifted K7 sedan, enabling drivers to control their at-home internet-of-things (IoT) devices from the car.

“By touching the in-vehicle screen, K7 drivers can control their lights, air conditioners, TVs and gas valve locks at home while sitting in the car”.

The service also supports a voice command feature.

Once drivers activate the voice recognition button on the steering wheel they can control their at-home devices using voice commands.

KT claimed its Car to Home service is distinguished from other connected car services because it also allows drivers to control multiple IoT devices at once.

“The Car to Home service allows users to control their home IoT devices simultaneously via outing and return modes,” the official said.

KT added it will expand cooperation with Hyundai Motor Group as more vehicles of the automaker will be available to be outfitted with its connected car service.

“We plan to apply our Car to Home service to more Hyundai and Kia vehicles which will hit the market. Also through a navigation update, we will try to let drivers of existing vehicles use this service,” the official said.

The mobile carrier has already been installing its Home to Car connected car service to Kia’s Sportage SUV and Hyundai’s Tucson SUV since 2018.

The Home to Car service enables drivers to turn the engine on and off or control the air conditioner of their vehicles via KT’s artificial intelligence (AI) speaker GiGA Genie at home.

Starting the end of June, its Home to Car service will be applied to 14 kinds of Hyundai vehicles such as the Sonata, the Grandeur, the Santa Fe and the Palisade and 11 kinds of Kia vehicles including the K9 and the Carnival.

“In collaboration with Hyundai and Kia, we could combine in-vehicle connectivity technology with home IoT technology, which appeared to have no common denominator,” said Choi Gang-lim, head of KT’s connected car business division. “Based on the integration of these two technologies, we will continue to showcase more connected car services.”

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