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South Korean conglomerate Samsung has unveiled an innovative and cutting-edge digital cockpit that is destined to reshape the future of the automotive industry. Samsung which is world’s number 1 smartphone manufacturer, revealed its new innovation with Harman at CES 2018.

CES is one of the world’s largest technology and consumer trade shows and Samsung and Harman wowed exhibitors and attendees at the event in Las Vegas with their creation dubbed the ‘Digital Cockpit’ platform.

It has been disclosed that Harman’s innovative creation consists of a huge panel stretching the width of the dashboard that incorporates haptic feedback, physical knobs and steering wheel controls. In addition to this, it has also been unveiled that the platform incorporates Harman’s Bixby personal assistant that will enable users to interact with the system through voice, touch, gestures and context-based triggers.

Reports have also claimed that the ‘Digital Cockpit’ platform will also be equipped with an Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem with cloud technology that reportedly improves connectivity whilst significantly reducing cost and the overall weight of the vehicle.

Harman and Samsung also reiterated their commitment to 5G technology and outlined that they’re currently jointly developing what they’ve termed as a ‘modular approach’ in their attempts to create a multi-band 5G-capable conformal antenna. The companies are confident that the system could provide speeds of up to 1GB second of bandwidth, which is roughly around 100 times quicker than 4G LTE networks.

These additional speeds will allow for fast high-resolution streaming, immersive virtual and augmented reality features and seamless cloud-based applications, the technology companies say. Also at CES, Harman and Samsung have announced an open-source and modular platform for Level 3, 4, and 5 self-driving cars dubbed DRVLINE.

Samsung are just the latest in a number of technology firms that are showing a vested interest in the automotive sector, as the demand and acceleration towards the development of self-driving technology and autonomous cars continue to grow ten-fold on a global basis.