Samsung and its American subsidiary Harman have revealed the next iteration of their Digital Cockpit platform for vehicles at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The platform offers a suite of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that leverages on Samsung’s available technologies that cover connectivity, safety and convenience features.

With the Digital Cockpit, Samsung is capable of providing a seamless link between a customer’s connected devices – either on-person or at home – with their vehicles. This expands the connected ecosystem that the company is striving to create, which supposedly makes daily interactions with technology simpler.

In terms of hardware, the 2019 version retains the three core displays catered to the driver. The first is the Cluster Display that shows crucial driving information such as the vehicle speed and tachometer, but can also be modified to display more functions such as navigation, telephony, media and others.

Just beside the Cluster Display is the Centre Information Display, which acts as the hub for many Samsung’s Bixby and SmartThings services. The former, if you’ve ever used a recent Galaxy device, is the company’s AI-based virtual assistant, while the latter is the main hub for smart devices.

Using these services should be familiar to those who regularly give commands to their phone, allowing you to start the car remotely, adjust pre-entry climate, turning off and on a light at home, or even look at what’s in your Samsung smart fridge.

The system will also provide access to more conventional features such as navigation and media options, with functions such as air-conditioning and sound volume being pushed to the lower Control Display.

Sandwiched between the two are two contextual knobs that are powered by the circular UX from the Galaxy Watch. Depending on the requirement at the time, be it vehicie drive modes or the temperature, the display within the knob display the necessary information. Aside from the two knobs at the front, there are also two additional ones for rear passengers.

Beyond the three main displays, the latest Digital Cockpit adds on an independent display for the front passenger, while there are two more at the rear, one for each passenger.

Each display allows for individual media consumption, and with the In-vehicle Samsung DeX and appropriate smartphone, you’ll even be able to get some work done on the move without the need for a laptop.

Samsung’s latest showcase isn’t just focused on providing a convenient experience, as safety is also an important aspect. The platform continues to come with the Mirror Replacement Vision System, with the two displays now positioned in areas where drivers habitually look when changing lanes.

There’s also a Front Facing Camera system that scans the environment ahead of the vehicle to identify vehicles, pedestrians, lanes and traffic signs, warning the driver of any hazards before they act on the Cluster Display.

Another safety feature is the Driver Monitoring System that uses onboard cameras to detect the condition of the driver, sending a warning sound if it detects drowsiness or distracted driving.

Lastly, Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) with on the latest 5G standard allow for even faster transmition of data, allowing for safer forms of autonomous transportation or up-to-date information being delivered to the driver.

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