Samsung Electronics has unveiled its Digital Cockpit 2020 at this years CES event in Las Vegas, and it’s bound to turn lots of heads.

The prototype car utilizes 5G to link the vehicles internal and external features for a connected experience for both the driver and passengers.

Digital Cockpit 2020 is the third co-development between Samsung Electronics and HARMAN International, which combines Samsung’s telecommunications technologies, semiconductors and displays HARMAN’s automotive expertise.

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The solution enables ‘seamless’ two-way connections between the home, the office and any other spaces the owner may visit while providing hyper-personalised experiences and in-car infotainment.

In addition, smart features enabled through Bixby actively support the driver, reinforcing safe driving.

It also incorporates eight impressive displays inside the vehicle, as well as eight cameras. The solution utilizes Samsung Exynos Auto V9 SoC (System on Chip) – a semiconductor for vehicle electronics – and Android 10, allowing for several features to be run at the same time.

Tailored Infotainment Delivery

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The advanced technological development inside the Digital Cockpit includes a facial recognition or smartphone fingerprint reader as a way for the driver to log in. The Center Information Display can also be used to show the driver’s schedule and a range of other tailored information.

The Dashboard Display, which is ‘seamlessly incorporated’ into the vehicle’s interior design, is positioned under the Front Display and delivers visual notices and alerts to the driver.

When the driver activates Samsung’s Bixby voice recognition service, the display shows a Bixby animation that responds to the driver’s commands.

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Passengers sitting in the back seats can connect their personal tablets to the Digital Cockpit and use them to control air conditioning, ambient lighting and vehicle speakers. They will also have access to multimedia content and other services provided by the system on their devices once they are connected.

Enhancing Safety According to Individual Needs

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On the back of the vehicle, micro LEDs on the external tail lamps are used to form the 53.7-inch Tail Display. With V2X (Vehicle to Everything) communication technology and the Tail Display, the vehicle can share messages and communicate the driver’s status to parties outside the vehicle when required.

For example, the display might show messages such as “roadworks ahead” and “pedestrians approaching”, among others.

Inside the vehicle, two 7-inch displays – one on the left and one on the right – serve as displays for the Camera Monitoring System, which replace the conventional side mirrors.

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The system monitors possible risks on the rear lateral sides of the vehicle while the user is driving or parking. In addition, the driver can adjust the areas that the cameras monitor according to their preferences.

Pricing and date of release have not yet been made public by Samsung Electronics.

It comes as Qualcomm released a similar ‘connected car’ concept at CES 2020 earlier this week.

By Camilla Theakstone

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