Ford plans to integrate your smart home and your smart car with Amazon Echo and Wink smart home platform. The integration works two ways. In such that from your home, you will be able to remotely start or unlock your car, getting information such as fuel level and charge status (for electric cars) and monitor your car’s location as well as estimating the time taken to get back home (in case if your teenager’s son or daughter is using the car). On the other hand, from your car, you will be able to open the garage door remotely or turn on the living room’s lightings.
Amazon Echo is a device developed by the company to control several smart devices. On top of that it is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks as well as providing weather, traffic and other real time information. The coolest thing about the device is that it is voice activated due to its virtual personal assistant named “Alexa”. Alexa is similar to Siri in Apple. The difference is that Alexa is not programmed to work in smartphone.
Wink platform is a platform developed by Quirky and GE which is also able to control several smart products from companies such as Bali, GE, Honeywell, Phillips and many more. Therefore, when accessed through Ford’s Sync AppLink, the car owners’ will be able to open car garage or lock their home’s doors remotely. On top of that it is also voice activated.
Ford is not the first automakers which try to integrate the smart home and smart car. Mercedes Benz together with Nest has been working on something which allows drivers to control their home thermostat from their cars.