As CES 2020 winds down, Samsung announced a new deal with car giant BMW to create what the companies claim is the world’s first commercialized 5G telematics control unit (TCU).
The 5G TCU will allow self-driving and non-automated cars to link external networks to onboard electronics systems for real-time information for drivers, including HD maps and vehicle-to-everything for risk assessment, blind spot information and location-based points of interest.
The 5G TCU will be integrated with Samsung’s new conformal antenna technology, which replaces the need for a conventional external shark-fin antenna and supports stable network connections.
BMW plans to introduce its iNEXT in 2021, which the company said will be the first car in the world to be equipped with the 5G technology from Samsung and Harman. The companies will work together to develop innovations to serve the changing automotive marketplace, including integration of the 5G technology with its low latency, high density, device awareness and fast download speeds that will be critical for self-driving systems in the coming decade.
At CES, Samsung and Harman also demonstrated core automotive technologies that will be used in the vehicles such as artificial intelligence (AI), semiconductors, batteries, user interfaces, car audio and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
“As we enter the new decade of autonomous driving reality, we see great opportunities to experience many smart phone features that enable this new era of mobility as a service,” said Young Sohn, corporate president and chief strategy officer at Samsung Electronics.