Buyers of Subaru's redesigned Forester can control smart devices in their homes – from garage doors to lights to thermostats – using a dashboard interface developed by an Ottawa company.
EVEConnect is available to only to U.S. owners of the 2019 Forester for US$2.99 a month, with discounted rates for annual packages. Its developer, Evolved Vehicles Environments Inc., hopes to offer the service in Canadian Foresters later this year.
The Subaru contract is the small Ottawa company's second automotive deal, and its first with a mainstream carmaker. EVE initially developed the interface for Tesla and says more than 12,000 Tesla owners have signed up, with 20 per cent of them paying US$4.99 a month for a premium version. Tesla offers a free version, as well. Subaru offers no free service.
More deals could follow.
"We've done a proof of concept with many [manufacturers] and we're in contract negotiations with some," EVE co-founder Warren Butland told Automotive News Canada.