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2014-06-10 11:25

NEXT-GEN CAR TECH: Toyota and appliance giant Panasonic have joint forces to create a cloud-based in-car system to monitor and operate home appliances. Image: Toyota/Panasonic

TOKYO, Japan - Toyota and appliance giant Panasonic have joined forces to create a cloud-based system to monitor and operate home appliances - from your car. 

We’ve all had those “oh-no” moments after leaving home: the washing machine not switched on, the TV not set to record tonight’s movie, the air conditioning not primed to cool the house ready for your return.

The technology will be presented by Toyota at the Smart Community Japan 2014 exhibition in Tokyo over June 18-20. The service will be launched in the second half of 2014.


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 Centre, which already links people, cars and homes around the world and the Panasonic home appliance control application.

The Panasonic Corporation says it is pioneer in smart home appliances, such as televisions, video equipment and air conditioners, supporting its mission for "A Better Life, A Better World" for all its customers. The company is working to create new smart homes that are environmentally efficient and network-connected to support modern lifestyles.

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.

Toyota and Panasonic said, in the future, they will bring their individual strengths to joint developments of smarter mobility, using cloud-based services to link people, cars, homes and communities.
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