Samsung Electronics is partnering with BMW to apply 5G to automobiles, the firms announced during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Under the partnership, Samsung and its affiliate HARMAN plan to offer 5G technology for 2021’s BMW iNext.
Samsung expects that the 5G-equipped vehicle will provide real-time information to drivers in various road situations, including risk assessment and blind-spot information based on high-resolution maps.
Samsung and BMW have partnered for 30 years on development for the BMW Group.
“As we enter the new decade of autonomous driving reality, we see great opportunities to experience many smartphone 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.”
Klaus Frölich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development, said BMW will launch the iNEXT in 2021. He characterized it as “the world’s first car with Samsung’s 5G technology.” The automaker looks forward to using 5G technology over its whole portfolio.