Samsung had its event started by talking about the Internet of Things and connected devices to make our lives simpler in future at the ongoing IFA 2015 trade show.As part of its initiatives towards bringing the Internet of things to life, the company announced Car Mode for all galaxy smartphone to offer connected car solutions. This is an app that has been launched in partnership with Volkswagen, "to offer drivers a seamlessly connected car experience", says Samsung.
Connected cars and related technology are an important part of the emerging IoT ecosystem, and we have recently seen top tech players like Google and Appleworking towards innovating in this space. Samsung too is working in the automotive space and is partnering with several leading car makers to bring about new connected car solutions.
The Car Mode app for Galaxy will offer drivers a seamlessly connected car experience. It is powered by MirrorLink car connectivity, and integrates Samsung voice assistant, S-Voice, to let users control the car by both touch and voice. The app allows user to take calls easily and safely, play music, or get directions. This can even read incoming text messages out loud. Samsung says that the features of the Car Mode for Galaxy mobile app can also be used without mirroring functionality.
In addition to this, Samsung now integrated Volkswagen Car-Net e-Remote app to connect the new Samsung Gear S2 with Volkswagen cars. This will allow user to control car features right from their wrist. With this app on the Gear 2, the wearable will let a user locate a car, turn on the air conditioning remotely even before entering the car, and managing the battery levels of electric Volkswagen car.
The company also announced that its SmartThings will soon integrate with BMW cars. With this integration, a user will be able to get notifications from the SmartThings Hub directly on the car dashboard. The SmartThings app is also capable of tracking technical status of a BMW, and allows users to lock and unlock it remotely.