The tiny plug-in box will help you find your car and access advanced driving stats.
Samsung is diving into the realms of connected car accessories with the announcement of its new Samsung Connect Auto dongle, a smart-making plug-in device that gives your car an LTE connection.
For anyone confused about what LTE is in car terms, it’s easiest to think of it as a 4G connection that enables your car to communicate with your phone, and vice versa. When the Samsung Auto dongle is plugged into your car’s OBD II diagnostic port (most cars have these), it’ll be able to beam data and location information to a cloud-based server, where it’s turned into handy driver feedback and functionality via an app on your phone.
One of the most useful tricks this’ll give you is the magical ability to locate your car remotely. Thinking what we’re thinking? Providing the GPS data from the dongle is super-accurate, this could put an end some serious giant multi-storey carpark woes. Not to mention track your car in the event of a theft.
You’ll also be able to access previously unseen vehicle performance data, such as eco-driving efficiency updates. These are based on the dongle’s clever data-crunching abilities based on information like price per gallon, miles travelled, and time on the road. Phone-based travel logs, expense reports, and tons of other safety features will also join your new phone-based dashboard.
The Auto dongle will also function as a WiFi hotspot, enabling you to connect to the internet with other devices in your car, which is exciting. It runs on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system.
If you’re sold on the idea of an instant smart car, you won’t have too long to wait. Samsung plans to launch its Auto dongle in the second quarter of this year.