Samsung looks very serious in working on autonomous cars after they disburse USD 300 million or about Rp 3.9 trillion for the development of autonomous car technology.
The autonomous car unit will be inside Harman’s business unit, the audio company that Samsung acquired for $ 8 billion by the end of 2016. The goal is to develop a technology platform that combines all aspects, such as in-car entertainment to the ability of a car that can drive itself.
The announcement came out of Samsung just two weeks after California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, United States, issued an autonomous car license for Samsung. Similar permission has been obtained Samsung in his native country, namely South Korea.
Samsung is not the only company that gets such permission, but at least this shows Samsung’s ambition in working on autonomous cars. Including the ultimate goal of working on open-source software solutions for such cars.
“The industry is like shouting and calling, ‘We love Mobileye but we need an open platform,’ said Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of Harman, as quoted from The Verge, Friday (15/09/2017).
Mobileye is meant Paliwal certainly the company that became the main partner of Autopilot software used Tesla. The company is now owned by Intel, and has partnerships with automotive companies such as BMW, Fiat Chrysler, and Delphi Automotive.