Samsung announces key digital partnerships with Audi, BMW, Ford and GenesisJanuary 15, 2021
Samsung hosted the Galaxy Unpacked event this morning, and the company devoted much of its presentation to new features for cars.
In a statement, Samsung said it has expanded the functionality of the SmartThings app to a vehicle. This means that owners of compatible vehicles will be able to remotely start and stop their vehicle, as well as adjust the climate control system.
This is not the only change, as Samsung and Google have worked closely to improve the Android Auto experience. Through this partnership, we have a more familiar and more intuitive in-car interface. Android Auto also works with SmartThings, which means you can control your smart home from your car.
In particular, there is a Coming Home function that can be set to automatically adjust the thermostat, turn on the lights and open the garage door. It can even activate a robot vacuum cleaner and turn on the washing machine.
Samsung is also using cd keys, which will use ultra-wideband technology to enable cars and phones to communicate with each other. Thanks to this technology, your car can be unlocked as soon as you walk to the door.
While cd keys may be common across phones and platforms, functionally will obviously be limited to a select few car brands. In particular, Samsung noted that they are working with Audi, BMW, Ford and Genesis.
Little is known about Samsung’s adoption of digital keys technology, but it came a few months after Apple announced a partnership with BMW on digital keys. They use near-field communication (NFC) technology, which allows owners to “touch” their phone near the door handle to unlock the vehicle.
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