More and more tech companies these days are starting to show interest in the automobile industry. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are famous examples of that, but there is one company who is not interested in following this futuristic car trend. Instead, Samsung Connect Auto aims to revamp older cars.
With mobile tech giants steering them along, today’s cars keep getting more and more advanced. It probably won’t be long before we will see self-driving cars at every intersection, but before that happens Samsung wants to make sure older cars get a taste of the modern technology, as well.
Samsung just unveiled their brand new car solution and it’s suggestively called Samsung Connect Auto. It is a device that works on Tizen OS and it provides car owners the opportunity to add LTE connectivity to their gears.
The dongle will be plugged into the car’s OBD II diagnostic port (which most of the older cars possess) and will allow drivers to monitor the performance of their vehicle, as well as to identify its location at all times.
It will offer the driver real-time alerts in order to improve their driving skills and reduce fuel consumption.
Furthermore, if the driver gets into an accident, the device will notify the people listed on the emergency contact list and also provide concierge services.
Drivers will also be able to use this device if they want to access the internet. This will be possible because it also works as a Wi-Fi hotspot, thus allowing the user to connect to other gadgets while inside the car.
This technology will be made available from the second quarter of 2017 and AT&T is said to be the first carrier to provide it for the U.S.; however the prices have not been disclosed yet.
A similar technology can be found at Verizon, which also launched a connected car dongle titled the Hum. While the Verizon device works approximately the same, it does not have an LTE connectivity, which makes the Samsung product seem to be the superior one.
Samsung Connect Auto will be displayed at the Mobile World Congress, which will take place between 22-25 of February in Barcelona, Spain.
The connected car technology initiated by Samsung benefits from the involvement of many high-profile companies, such as IBM, Ericsson, Orange, Cisco and AT&T.
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