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Samsung, Harman reveal driverless smart car platform

Also previews 5G-ready car tech

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Years ago, if you predicted that Samsung and Harman were going to be at the forefront of automobile technology, you would have been laughed out of the office. Now, such predictions aren’t just plausible; they’re as real as it gets.

Last year, Samsung shocked the audio world by buying out Harman’s automotive audio unit. Only rumors swirled around the news. Now, the acquisition has finally come to bear fruit. At CES 2018, Samsung has unveiled the fruits of their partnership, and it’s a doozy.

The new Digital Cockpit brings connectivity and the IoT to the car interface. The center console integrates voice-activated technology and haptic feedback. The system allows for interaction between the user and the car’s settings and entertainment.

Further bolstered by Harman’s Ignite Platform, the Digital Cockpit personalizes the experience with user profiles and digital assistants (particularly Bixby). The concept eradicates the need for fiddling around with knobs and levers. It allows drivers to concentrate fully on the road.

Additionally, Samsung also unveiled its modular DRVLINE platform. Compared to the Digital Cockpit’s connectivity solutions, DRVLINE offers automotive solutions that push the boundaries of autonomous driving.

The new system allows the swapping out of individual components for smarter options. It’s the first time a car is truly modular.

The new advanced driver-assisted system (ADAS) is compatible with autonomous driving level 3 and can go up to level 5. Most autonomous driving cars today are at level 3, which still requires human intervention for absolute human safety. Meanwhile, level 5 represents the epitome of autonomous driving, which doesn’t require human intervention in absolutely any road condition.

To start the new platform, Samsung has launched a front-facing camera module that features lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, collision warnings, and pedestrian warnings. The new system will start shipping out this year.

On a related note, Samsung and Harman are also working on a modular solution for the first 5G-ready automotive solution. When 5G networks are finally developed, Harman is teasing that a leading European car maker is already first in line for the new connectivity solution.

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Why Nissan’s new infotainment system looks better than others

As seen in the Ariya Concept

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Cars are turning up the heat in the infotainment department. Today’s vehicles have bigger and better screens nestled snugly on the center. However, for the current upward trend in technology, a few carmakers have refused to follow the zeitgeist.

Today, Nissan has announced its own unconventional take on the large infotainment system. Compared to everyone else’s central tablet-like dashboards, Nissan’s Ariya Concept puts the wave-like system in a more free-flowing position between the driver’s wheel and the center.

According to Nissan, the new design derives its inspiration from Japanese Futurism and Stanley Kubrick’s timeless classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Besides its aesthetic value, it lends itself to better functionality. Flowing horizontally, the layout matches a driver’s line of sight more than the more grandiose versions of systems today.

Despite stemming from the driver’s side, the Ariya Concept’s system is still easily accessible from a passenger’s perspective. Also, users can seamlessly switch information displays between positions. For example, if drivers prefer route directions right in front of them, they can transfer that information right in front of the steering wheel. Likewise, if they want to control the music, they can shift it there, too.

Naturally, a concept pertains to a marketable vehicle in the future. Though it already had its debut at CES 2020, the Nissan Ariya Concept has not made an official launch in the real world yet.

SEE ALSO: WOCEE 2019: Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour 2.0

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Tesla’s Autopilot saves family from deadly accident

Eight people were saved overall

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It’s not often that you hear a story about Tesla’s Autopilot saving lives from deadly mishaps. However, that’s what exactly happened in the UK last Saturday. Tesla’s Autopilot function literally saved eight people from a falling tree which could have resulted to their deaths.

The whole accident happened while a powerful storm ravaged the UK’s countryside. Laurence Sanderson, the man behind the wheel of a Tesla Model X, was driving when a large tree suddenly fell due to strong winds. In an interview with Mirror UK, Sanderson said he was unable to react on time.

Luckily though, Tesla’s Autopilot function kicked in and automatically applied brakes. While the tree did considerable damage, it could have totally crushed the car if not for that function. Laurence, his wife, and his three kids were saved by Tesla’s technology.

And by chance, the technology also saved three people in a separate Tesla Model X. Josh Whitelock was driving the other Tesla in the opposite direction when the tree fell towards their car. As with the other Tesla, this car’s Autopilot function kicked in and saved him, his girlfriend, and his mother from death.

The two Tesla Model X involved in the accident | Image by Mirror UK

All in all, Tesla’s Autopilot literally saved eight people. While the function is still far away from enabling a true driverless experience for Tesla owners, they can rest assured that their car’s Autopilot works on keeping lives away from harm.

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LG debuts world’s first curved OLED for cars

Featured in 2021 Cadillac Escalade

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Pretty soon, smartphones and televisions won’t be the only place you’ll find OLED screens in. The automotive industry is slowly perfecting the OLED screen for everyone’s cars. In particular, LG is partnering with a few car makers for this endeavor.

Earlier this week, Cadillac has launched the 2021 Escalade. Aside from what’s under the hood, the iconic SUV debuts the industry’s first-ever use of a curved OLED screen in a car. The massive 38-inch display houses LG’s P-OLED Digital Cockpit Solution. The all-new software displays the vehicle information and infotainment system.

The display itself combines three separate P-OLED panels into one. The largest panel measures 16.9 inches.

LG is also boasting a new augmented reality-enabled navigation system and night vision. Presumably, the new features make driving friendlier for any road condition and driving time.

With the 2021 Escalade’s debut, LG dips its toe into the automotive display market. It predicts substantial market growth in the industry by 2023. The display company is also expected to debut a similar display in Mercedes Benz vehicles later this year.

SEE ALSO: LG withdraws from MWC 2020 due to Coronavirus outbreak

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