If you’ve ever left your house with that sinking feeling that you’ve forgotten to turn the washing machine on, or set your TV to record the latest episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ – a cloud-based telematics service that Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Panasonic are jointly working on might be right up your alley.
The technology will allow you to keep tabs on and operate home appliances from the wheel of your car. It being presented by Toyota at the Smart Community Japan 2014 exhibition in Tokyo this month, prior to the new service being launched on the market as soon as the second half of this year.
The concept is all part of Toyota’s on-going work to make mobility smarter, more convenient and more comfortable, and to increase the value cars can add to people’s lives. It makes use of the existing cloud-based Toyota Smart Center, which already links people, cars and homes around the world, and the Panasonic home appliance control application.
Panasonic is renowned the world over for its extensive and innovative range of tech products, such as televisions, video equipment and air conditioners. Now, the company is also turning its attention to developing homes that are environmentally efficient and network-connected – in-keeping with modern life.
It was a year ago that Toyota and Panasonic agreed to co-develop services for next-generation telematics services that link cars to home appliances. In the time since, an interface has been developed that links the pair’s cloud services. Groundwork has been laid for the development of applications that can be linked to a car’s GPS data to, for example, remind users to turn off the air conditioning before leaving home, and enable them to turn it on remotely before returning.