Whoever said that there is no hope for old cars? Well, actually many of us are thinking of trading in our old cars for brand new ones outfitted with the latest digital gadgets. But you might want to consider keeping your car after hearing what Samsung has in store for us. Make your car smarter with Samsung Connect Auto, the next best solution of bringing Internet of Things to older car models.
While other tech giants like Apple and Android are thinking about outfitting the latest car models with the wackiest applications like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, Samsung wants to keep it simple for us.
Presently, the tech company is working on a way to bring the IoT technology to older car models. How is Samsung planning to do that? With a little gizmo called Samsung Connect Auto. What’s that you ask? Well, it’s a little white box that can be connected to the car’s diagnostic port.
Usually, most car models manufactured in the last 20 years have such a port installed either under the steering wheel or under the driver’s seat. Well, so far so good. We have IoT, a wacky device that can turn our car smart in an instant, but to what avail?
This little plastic box can feed you some pretty cool information about the state of the engine and about fuel consumption. What’s even cooler is that the Samsung Connect Auto device can automatically connect to Samsung’s servers using a built-in 4G LTE connection.
Using this connection, the device is capable of analyzing your car’s performance, and if necessary, it can supply you with useful tips on car safety and tricks on how to reduce your fuel consumption. All the information transmitted and received by the device are being handled through a cloud-based server.
But wait, there’s even more. Apart from the performance meter, the device can also provide the used with driving tips depending on the situation. Moreover, the little trinket also has an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, meaning that the passenger can use it in order to stay online indefinitely.
Make your car smarter with Samsung Connect Auto, a device that is capable of bringing IoT to older car models. And if that wasn’t enough, then you will be delighted to hear that Samsung released the dev kit of the software, meaning that developers will now be able to design useful applications for the device.
Among its other features, the Samsung Connect Auto feature the KNOX security platform, Find My Car Application and emergency protocols in case the driver is involved in a car accident.
According to Samsung, the device will become available on the market in the second part of 2016.