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Samsung looks keen to get Level 5 autonomous vehicles on the road

The seemingly headlong rush towards autonomous vehicles has been given further impetus in the last week or so with two announcements featuring Samsung.

In the first, it’s established a $300million fund focused on connected cars and autonomous technologies. In addition to the fund, Harman, which was acquired by Samsung earlier this year, has established an Autonomous/ADAS strategic business unit.

The second announcement sees Samsung working with TTTech to build products to support new NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) requirements, as well as solutions for in-vehicle infotainment systems and scalable architectures to support fully autonomous vehicles. Associated with this move is a $75m investment from Samsung’s automotive fund.

What does this tell us? Perhaps the most obvious thing is that autonomous car technology isn’t easy to develop; even for a company with the talents of Samsung. It’s a spider’s web of technologies, bringing together such aspects as connectivity, sensors, computing muscle and artificial intelligence.

While the basic technology is pretty much developed, there’s a long way before Level 5 cars – capable of complete autonomy – will be seen on the roads. But it looks like Samsung, for one, is keen to make that as soon as it can.

Graham Pitcher

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