Samsung announces DRVLINE autonomous auto platform

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TCU is a product of Samsung's collaboration with Harman, which prior to its late 2016 acquisition by Samsung was perhaps best known to consumers for JBL-branded speakers; Harman also had significant long-term involvement in auto navigation systems deployed in popular vehicles. The move will allow manufacturers to collaborate on the software but still leave room for customizability, giving cars the ability to be equipped with technology running a more future-proofed platform. These include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Sohn added, "Building an autonomous platform requires close collaboration across industry, as one company can not deliver on this enormous opportunity alone". The challenge is simple too big and too complex.

Introduction of the DRVLINE platform Samsung's DRVLINE platform was developed as a first-of-its-kind Open, modular, scalable platform for autonomous vehicle applications.

Samsung SDI battery plant in Xi'an China
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An ecosystem of partners and solutions to further build out the Samsung open autonomous platform, along with a showcase of our first implementation of this together with TTTech. "Through the DRVLINE platform, we're inviting the best and brightest from the automotive industry to join us, and help shape the future of the vehicle of tomorrow, today". And the fact it set up a strategic business unit for autonomous and advanced driver assistance technologies, along with a $300 million fund for investing in automotive startups and technology, shows just how serious it is about this burgeoning sector. These include: an $8 billion acquisition of connected technologies company HARMAN and the creation of a joint automotive Strategic Business Unit; the establishment of a $300 million Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund; and a series of investments and partnerships created to promote collaboration in the automotive sector. Is that pedestrian going to step into the street? The industry has made incredible advances in automation, yet in-car compute is still a long way from approximating the power of our brains. But, there is more.

In case you want something that's actually useful from Harman, better take a second look at the new "Digital Cockpit" concept that's also been presented at CES.

In addition to the new TCU, Samsung provided a brief refresher on its Intelligent Digital Cockpit platform, discussed at last year's CES. Additionally, the Android OS can be integrated on four different screens. At the heart of the announcement is a trio of connected technologies for automotive, consumer, and enterprise markets.

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