Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd has introduced a ground-breaking connected car solution called Samsung Connect Auto that is said to be beneficial to consumers and businesses by delivering an ecosystem of services and products to enable a safer, more eco-friendly and more fun driving experience.
The Samsung Connect Auto plugs into the OBD (on-board diagnostic) II port underneath the steering wheel and gives real-time alerts to help users improve their driving behavior and increase fuel efficiency. It also offers LTE WiFi connectivity for car occupants to stay online.
“We have been listening to our customers and pushing boundaries to create a connected car ecosystem that seamlessly integrates our products and partner services for a better driving experience,” said Dr Injong Rhee, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D – Software and Services, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “Through collaborations with valuable partners and experts across many industries, we are carrying out our vision of bringing IoT (Internet of Things) technology to people’s everyday lives.”
Chris Penrose, Senior Vice President, Internet of Things at AT&T Business Solutions said, “Samsung’s willingness to work with others to create an ecosystem of true interoperability will allow it to be one of the leaders in the aftermarket connected vehicle space. These are exciting times for connected car innovation, and we look forward to offering customers this powerful new option.”
Samsung Connect Auto uses Samsung KNOX, the company’s market-leading, defense-grade mobile security platform for security and Tizen OS for interoperability. Developers can leverage on Tizen and Samsung’s Software Development Kit to further evolve additional services. The use of proprietary algorithms that analyze miles traveled, time on the road and price per liter helps drivers consume less fuel, a valuable feature for those in the transport and logistics field. A virtual mechanic also checks your car’s status from the OBD port to recommend maintenance and repair services. Further, the driver’s contacts will be alerted and an accident concierge service activated in the event of an accident. A “Find My Car” app also helps to locate your car in real-time using LTE and GPS.
Some of the companies currently working with Samsung on this connected car ecosystem include Amdocs, AT&T, AXA, Blink by Agero, China Unicom, Cisco, Crawford & Company, Ericsson, Europcar, HERE, IBM, Jasper, Oberthur Technologies, Openbay, Orange, Tantalum and Willis Towers Watson.
Samsung Connect Auto will initially be available in the second quarter of this year in the U.S. where AT&T will be the first wireless provider of the solution.