Samsung created a an ultra-connected car concept for CES called, the “Digital Cockpit” platform, which combines 5G technology and an IoT platform to support a connected lifestyle
The new Digital Cockpit platform is the first automotive electronics collaboration between Samsung and HARMAN, designed with personalization for every driver in mind.
Inside the cockpit, a series of brilliant displays utilize Samsung’s OLED and QLED technology. The 12-inch dashboard provides driving information such as the standard speedometer and fuel gauge readings, while a 28-inch QLED display offers an array of technology at the driver’s fingertips, from navigation to connecting your smartphone for taking phone calls and streaming music and accessing the soon-to-launch SmartThings IoT platform.
Drivers can use Bixby, Samsung’s personalized intelligent assistant, for simple tasks like changing the temperature in the vehicle, but also for controlling IoT devices not in the car. For example, you can check the inside of your Family Hub refrigerator to see if you need to buy eggs before heading home, or you can start the washing machine from your vehicle– all hands-free. In keeping with Samsung’s commitment to an open IoT platform, the Digital Cockpit provides an environment for running a variety of third-party apps.
The new Digital Cockpit platform includes a suite of flexible and scalable premium experiences that support today’s connected lifestyles without compromising safety or performance. It’s available in standard and advanced system configurations and can seamlessly integrate the instrument cluster with center console via voice, haptic feedback, and physical knobs and steering wheel controls in a single, center screen for all vital vehicle information and features. This also supports a multi-modal approach for interactions with different human-machine interfaces to allow customization in terms of HVAC, media and user settings.
The vision system replaces conventional outside and indoor rearview mirrors with wide-angle lens cameras that reduce blind spots and also detect objects and alert the driver.
Tying together the experience inside Samsung’s Digital Cockpit is next generation 5G technology, which can not only stream video to the car’s high definition displays, but more importantly, provides enhanced safety and efficiency with Samsung’s Telematics Control Unit (TCU). This enables the car to be fully aware and responsive to its surroundings – essentially becoming a data center that’s receiving information and sending it, up to the network and down to the infrastructure. For example, the TCU will alert the driver of an ambulance approaching.
HARMAN and Samsung are jointly developing modular approaches for advanced telematics, capable of 1 Gb/s bandwidth. HARMAN and Samsung will deliver the industry’s first 5G-ready automotive solution and multi-band conformal antenna to enable secure, fast and reliable data communications. The solution consists of a telematics control unit with a modular design accommodating a network access device (NAD) supporting LTE CAT 16 connectivity today and 5G in the future leveraging the same hardware design. 5G represents a paradigm shift in the future of mobility. In the automotive sector, 5G delivers safety-enhancing C-V2X capability that is an essential enabler for autonomous transportation. 5G boosts speeds up to 100X faster than current 4G LTE standards to provide incredibly fast high-resolution streaming, immersive virtual and augmented reality features and seamless cloud-based applications in fast-moving cars. Ultra-reliable and with low-latency response times of just 1ms, 5G enables C-V2X and cloud-based compute and storage for the next generation autonomous vehicles. HARMAN today announced that a leading European automaker will be the first customer for this solution. At CES 2018, HARMAN and Samsung will demonstrate high speed connectivity in a future mobility concept vehicle powered by the Samsung Networks 5G infrastructure.