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(CES 2020) Samsung's 5G-based telematics system to be installed in BMW EV

All News 03:13 January 08, 2020

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co., said Tuesday it will supply a 5G-based telematics system to German auto giant BMW as the South Korean tech giant eyes to expand its presence in the automotive electronics market.

Samsung said its 5G-ready telematics control unit (TCU), co-developed by the company's wholly owned subsidiary Harman, will be installed in BMW's iNEXT electric vehicle, scheduled to be mass-produced from 2021.

It will be the first time a 5G-based TCU will be applied to a real vehicle, according to the company.

Samsung will showcase its 5G-based TCU at the Consumers Electronics Show (CES) 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, which kicked off its four-day journey on Tuesday.

In this photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Jan. 7, 2020, Samsung models introduce the company's digital cockpit for future cars at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

TCU is an essential item in connected-car services, allowing drivers to get real-time information related to their vehicles.

Samsung says its TCU, powered by 5G, will have low latency communications and can provide advanced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2X) safety systems.

Collaborating with South Korea's No. 1 mobile carrier, SK Telecom Co., Samsung is currently testing its 5G-ready TCU system on buses and taxis in Seoul in a demonstration project.

At CES 2020, Samsung said it will also exhibit its upgraded digital cockpit for future cars, also co-developed by Harman.

Samsung first introduced its digital cockpit at the world's largest tech expo two years ago.

Its latest 5G-powered digital cockpit will deliver tailored infotainment to passengers, according to Samsung, with the company's digital assistant Bixby also providing better in-car services.

The 2020 version of Samsung's digital cockpit will also come up with upgraded safety features.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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