Toyota and Panasonic in-car home monitoring systemEnlarge Photo
Soon, you’ll never have to worry whether you’ve left an appliance switched on when heading out for a drive as new technology being developed by Japanese firms Toyota and Panasonic will allow you to control your home from behind the wheel. The two companies are cooperating on a cloud-based system to monitor and operate home appliances.
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The system is being presented by Toyota at the Smart Community Japan 2014 exhibition in Tokyo this month, prior to it being launched on the Japanese market later this year. A U.S. launch is yet to be announced.
From the car, a person can contact an existing cloud-based Toyota Smart Center, which then links with Panasonic’s cloud system used to operate a number of the Japanese tech giant’s home appliances, such as televisions, video equipment and air-conditioners.
For example, an application linked to a vehicle's GPS data can remind the user to turn off the air-conditioning before leaving home, and enable them to turn it on remotely before returning.
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The two firms first started working on the technology a year ago. In the future, they plan to bring their individual strengths to joint development of smarter mobility, using cloud-based services to link people, cars, homes and even communities.
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