EVs Driving the Smart Home Ideal
Far from their origins as curiosities and gimmicks, electric vehicles are now some of the most cost-effective and reliable modes of transportation. While the driving experience alone is famed as top-in-class, just as important are the moves these machines are making in smart connectivity. Looking at some standout examples, we want to explore existing and coming smart benefits of these machines for existing owners, and those considering making the change.
While many might consider EVs an untested technology, at least by personal standards, it's worth noting that many governments disagree. In the UK, for example, every new car sold post-2030 will be electric, as petrol and diesel vehicles are being phased out. Knowing this change is unavoidable, more charging locations have appeared in the country to the tune of a 9% quarterly growth since 2015.
With public infrastructure seeing such a drastic change, home systems are following suit. Newer homes in the developed world are increasingly being fitted with electric charging points as a standard feature. Again in the UK, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme subsidized the cost of these installs up to 75%, according to the rules set by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles.
Working with Smart Technology
Even as an established technology, smart home capabilities are still often found lacking when it comes to integration with EVs. Following a SmartThings partnership with BMW in 2016, we appeared to be on the cusp of a new era, but this era has been slow to manifest. That said, there are some promising leaps made by companies like Tesla and the Open Connectivity Foundation.
In the coming generation of EV smart integration, the biggest changes will likely first include cohesive media management between cars and home networks. This means updates to playlists and consumed content could be easily and automatically updated onto vehicle consoles. For listening and viewing for drivers and passengers, the convenience advantages here would be obvious.
The next step would then include an improved relationship between the climate control systems of cars and homes. Rather than having to manage conditions individually, a smart relationship could transfer settings on the fly, ensuring the same level of comfort from when you wake to when you arrive at your destination.
For the next generation of devices, functionality could also include elements of autonomous vehicle navigation. Though early illustrations of this tech are still far too limited to be viable, this could easily change before the arrival of the next decade. Being able to set a plan at the start of the week and have your EV take the wheel would again offer profound benefits to convenience, as well as hold potential advantages to health.
With so many countries pushing for EVs, and smart technology coming so far so quickly, connecting the two systems could come sooner than we think. For early adopters, this means getting a taste of what will likely become the new normal. Let's just hope market competition prevents the projects taking this route from falling to the ever-present risk of stagnation.