iControl Connects With Cars

After cutting its teeth on the smart home, iControl is now expanding into smart cars.

iControl, which counts several major MSOs as deployment partners, said connected-car service provider Zubie has joined its OpenHome Partner Program, an initiative launched late last year. Zubie is the first and, so far, only connected-car developer that is a member of the program.

Zubie’s proprietary system collects vehicle and driver data via a specialized device that is plugged into a car’s On-Board-Diagnostics (OBD) port. That data is used to relay safety alerts, location, and other “insights into vehicle health and performance.” Zubie sells the service for $99 per year.

iControl said the partnership with Zubie will enable users to manage home automation, cars, and phones via a unified interface. For example, the partnership will enable the car and home monitoring systems to “talk” to each other, enabling thermostats to be adjusted automatically whenever the owner is out-of town, or unlock doors upon arrival.

 “For Zubie, this is a game-changing partnership and a natural evolution of our capabilities," said Tim Kelly, CEO of Zubie.  “The features and benefits we offer take on new meaning and value when viewed through the lens of home monitoring and automation, using the car as another powerful sensor.”

Zubie, founded in 2012 and formerly known as GreenLIght Connectivity Solutions, and iControl are scheduled to present at the Connected Home Developers Garage on Sunday, March 9 at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.

iControl’s cable partners include Rogers Communications, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, and Comporium, among others.