Test Drive Samsung’s ‘Digital Cockpit’ for the Future Connected Car
As the Internet of Things (IoT) shifts lanes from your home to a future connected car experience, Samsung revealed last month the “Digital Cockpit” platform, which combines 5G technology and an IoT platform to support a connected lifestyle without compromising safety or performance while on-the-go.
Showcased in the “Lifestyle District” of the Samsung City booth at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, 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 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.
This degree of understanding and contextual awareness represents the next level of artificial intelligence, cloud and connectivity solutions for advanced driving today that are scalable for autonomous driving solutions tomorrow.