Officials from Samsung and BMW host an event to announce their cooperation in 5G technology. Courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Two global giants join hands

Samsung Electronics teams up with BMW to bring fifth-generation (5G) technology to new vehicles, which will be churned out by the latter in the coming years.

The Seoul-based outfit announced the two-way partnership during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place in Las Vegas this week.

Under the agreement, Samsung and its U.S. subsidiary Harman will provide 5G connectivity technology to BMW, which plans to come up with iNext series in 2021.

They said that the model would be the first vehicle with 5G connectivity, which many experts expect would be up to 100 times faster than the previous standard of 4G.

Samsung and Harman have long served as a partner of BMW. Samsung acquired Harman in 2018 to assume its technological prowess in connect-car and audio-visual systems.

As we enter the new decade of autonomous driving reality, we see great opportunities to experience many smartphone features that enable this new era of mobility as a service,” Samsung President Young Sohn said.

One of the core enabling technologies is 5G. 5G’s low latency, massive density, device awareness, and super-fast download speeds enable new capabilities and experiences critical for autonomous driving systems of this decade.”

BMW also seems to be upbeat about the partnership.

For nearly 30 years, Samsung and Harman have been key partners for the BMW Group,” said Klaus Frölich, a member of the BMW board.

In 2021, we will launch the BMW iNext, the world’s first car with Samsung’s 5G technology, and we look forward to spreading this over the whole portfolio. Together, we can seamlessly connect the car to the world of our customers and beyond.”

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