Underpinning the South Korean tech giant's new direction is its US-based new subsidiary Harman, which brings decades of car audio experience operating car audio brand's such as Mark Levinson, Harman Kardon, Infinity and JBL, and under the new leadership it wants to expand to the entire infotainment and display system.
The new Harman Digital Cockpit platform and upcoming 5G connectivity have been designed to allow driver’s to fully integrate their phone into the car and its displays and controls. The cockpit platform is capable of spanning the entire width of a car’s dashboard, based on the prototype unit displayed at CES, and it can control every function from the instrument cluster to the air-conditioning controls and the sound system.
But while the CES display unit was large, Samsung and Harman claim it is scalable and can be adapted for any vehicle size and segment.
It also pairs with Samsung’s Android operating system, allowing smartphone users to have all their subscription services, such as Spotify and Audible, seamlessly integrated into the car’s infotainment system. Which also means the firm’s Bixby virtual assistant can be used in the car.
Samsung and Harman also revealed plans for the industry first introduction of 5G in-car internet connectivity. The companies claim it can achieve up 1 Gb/s bandwidth which would allow for better vehicle-to-infrastructure communication in the future, which also assists the introduction of autonomous driving.
Finally, Samsung and Harman plan to introduce Driveline, its next stage in autonomous driving technology. The jointly-developed system includes a forward facing camera that incorporates forward collision warning, pedestrian warning, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
Samsung and Harman claim the system has been designed in such a way to allow it to be scaled up from Level 3 autonomous technology to Level 4 and then eventually Level 5; the highest rating for driving with human interaction.
Driveline will begin being rolled out during 2018.