If you’re reading Electronic House, you probably know a bit about the connected home. Now, it’s time to get your home away from home connected. Of course, we’re talking about the car. However, the two don’t need to be separate entities. Two companies are working together to connect the home and the car with one simple interface.
Zubie just announced plans to partner up with iControl Networks. This would make Zubie the first and only connected-car developer that’s a member of the iControl OpenHome Partner Program. The two are hoping that the collaboration will bring together home automation, cars and phones under one single customer experience.
Zubie collects vehicle- and driver-centric data using a device plugged into a car’s On-Board-Diagnostics (OBD) port. From there, the company takes the info and provides safety alerts, real-time location awareness, and information about your vehicle’s health and performance. The company also incorporates something called AlwaysSmart technology, which promises a total picture of the car and driving activity—even when it’s not on the road.
Of course, iControl offers a lot of the features the Electronic House reader would be familiar with: security, automated locks, temperature control, and more.
By working together, the two companies hope to put all of this info and access on one platform that would be accessible at home and in the car. It could also add a few new automated features into your daily routine. For instance, the system could automatically unlock doors when the car gets home or even turn down the thermostat when the user is on the road.
“For iControl, the integration with Zubie car and driver activity data dramatically expands our understanding of what our consumers want,” said Jim Johnson, EVP and general manager at iControl Networks. “This will result in better insights, a smarter platform and compelling new features, all under a unified, seamless user experience. The world of connected devices is ushering in a new era of connectivity where data gleaned from various sensors, location and personal activity can power solutions that will better anticipate a user’s needs and intentions—whether in the home or on the road. We are very excited about the things to come.”’
Currently, the two companies are working on integrated solutions for the home and the car. Formal products announcements will come at a later date.
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