At a joint presentation during CES 2020, Samsung and BMW teased some of their ‘mobility experiences of the future,’ with the world’s first commercialised 5G TCU.
To top things off, BMW announced that its iNEXT will be the first car in the world to be equipped with 5G technology from Samsung and HARMAN.
The iNEXT is expected to hit public roads by 2021, with high-speed connectivity for features such as autonomous driving and new user-experience technology within the cabin.
“As we enter the new decade of autonomous driving reality, we see great opportunities to experience many smart phone features that enable this new era of mobility as a service,” said Young Sohn, Corporate President and Chief Strategy Officer for Samsung Electronics and Chairman of the Board for HARMAN. “One of the core enabling technologies is 5G. 5G’s low latency, massive density, device awareness, and super-fast download speeds enable new capabilities and experiences critical for autonomous driving systems of this decade. We look forward to our close partnership with BMW to bring Samsung’s 5G TCU technology delivered to its next generation of cars and provide the ultimate driving experience.”
“For nearly 30 years, Samsung and HARMAN have been key partners for the BMW Group,” said Klaus Frölich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. “In 2021 we will launch the BMW iNEXT, the world’s first car with Samsung’s 5G technology, and we look forward to spreading this over the whole portfolio. Together, we can seamlessly connect the car to the world of our customers and beyond.”