CES: Samsung and Harman unveil new automotive solution

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Samsung reveals 5G connected car plans, including Harman-developed Telematics Control Unit

Samsung acquired HARMAN less than a year ago and is already leveraging the acquisition with new connected vehicle solutions which were announced this year at CES.

And to bring everything together Samsung and Harman are spearheading a new 5G-capable telematics system for cars, capable of giving 1Gbps connectivity to all the instruments of your auto.

The three control knobs all feature a circular display, Samsung says this is a similar display to the ones used in their Samsung Gear S smartwatch.

They demonstrated the system by integrating it into a Maserati luxury vehicle during a press briefing on January 11 at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on the sidelines of the CES.

Harman's Dinesh Paliwal noted that a driver could "see what groceries are in your family hub before you go to the market", using cameras embedded in a Samsung refrigerator, as just one example of the unification of technology.

The digital cockpit has a premium configuration with ecosystem of connected lifestyle across the Internet of Things.

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Software to control the air-conditioner, music and lighting is operated through Samsung's artificial intelligence technology Bixby.

The digital cockpit can be personalized for the driver and passengers via services such as virtual personal assistants, portable profiles and augmented reality, said the companies.

Yesterday we heard about Samsung's plans for their new DRVLINE self driving technology. At CES 2018, these two companies showed what their partnership can bring - especially in the area of connected technologies for the automotive industry.

Samsung Electronics has introduced its DRVLINE platform aimed at OEMs and mobility as a service (MaaS) providers in autonomous driving markets. The first advanced driver-assistance system product leverages Samsung's camera technology background and HARMAN's ADAS 360 solution and features lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and pedestrian warning algorithms.

Samsung notes that its new TCU has been built to work with existing 4G Cat 16 (Gigabit LTE) networks, but the same platform will be able to connect to higher-bandwidth 5G networks in the future. Samsung's and HARMAN's leadership in these spaces perfectly positions Samsung to be the preferred partner to our OEM customers. In other words, TCU will serve as an individual car's connection point to the larger traffic network.

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