Today, Mercedes-Benz, the luxury vehicle brand, and SmartThings, the leader in smart home automation, announced their collaboration to incorporate new smart home technology within new Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The technology will power Mercedes-Benz’s latest smart home function, giving drivers and passengers the ability to use their vehicle as a control center for the home.
The commercial launch with the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class represents the first native in-car voice assistant system to be integrated into a smart home platform. It offers drivers, as well as passengers, remote connectivity to thousands of intelligent devices made by hundreds of brands supported by SmartThings’ open IoT ecosystem.
With the SmartThings platform, Mercedes-Benz customers will enjoy first-of-their-kind capabilities when they leave their house or are heading home after a long day at work. Drivers and passengers can seamlessly connect and control many aspects of their home environment including lights, locks, thermostats, electric outlets, garage door openers, sensors, and home security systems, all through Mercedes-Benz’s integrated voice assistant.
Using natural language, such as “Hey Mercedes, did I forget to turn off my lights at home?” to “Hey Mercedes, is anyone at home”, the MBUX Voice Assistant minimizes distraction, allowing drivers to focus on the road in front of them and know that everything is alright at home. Additionally, passengers in the rear seats can also enjoy the full scope of the smart home integration and interact with their smart homes.
“SmartThings is focused on accelerating the creation of an open IoT ecosystem powered by its technology and is continuously innovating to connect all smart devices with one another,” said Ralf Elias, global vice president, IoT & Business Development at SmartThings. “Powering car-to-home and home-to-car capabilities is the next logical step in that journey, and we’re thrilled to bring SmartThings to an important environment where people spend a lot of their time – their Mercedes-Benz.”
SmartThings technology will be available in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, starting with the S-Class, beginning in 2021.
Source: Mercedes Benz, SmartThings