At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung revealed its plans to change the driving experience, with a brand new device – and the help of HERE.
HERE is providing its REST APIs for maps, geocoding, traffic and other services to third-party developers and technology creators working in the new Samsung connected car ecosystem. A host of technology providers, insurance companies, network carriers, telematics and roadside assistance providers will bring other services to create a collaborative ecosystem dedicated to connected cars, and along with HERE, power a range of devices, apps and services which are expected to result from its existence.
Physical evidence of Samsung’s innovation in the connected car space was revealed in the form of Samsung Connect Auto. This small ‘dongle’ plugs into the OBD II port underneath the steering wheel of any modern car. It provides real-time alerts to help users improve their driving behaviour, including increased fuel efficiency and safety alerts. At the same time, it offers car occupants a secure WiFi connection, connected in turn to LTE/5G networks.
HERE also powers other Samsung apps and experiences, now including Find My Mobile. Find My Mobile is a built-in security system available across all Samsung’s Android devices. If a phone is lost or stolen, Find My Mobile can track its location online, make it ring, or securely lock or wipe data from the device.
The end-to-end location platform and SDK for Samsung’s Tizen OS also comes from HERE. This provides location services on the company’s Z3 smartphone, as well as the turn-by-turn navigation apps built in to the Samsung Gear S and Gear S2.
Samsung Connect Auto will initially be available in the second quarter in the US, through AT&T.