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Harman Digital Cockpit displayed at 2018 CES could be the future of luxury cars

The rivalry among automakers to create the most sophisticated and intuitive vehicle interior is at an all-time high. But there’s one name that stood out at CES. Technology company Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung, has shown us what the future could be. At the 2018 CES event, Harman launched its new Digital Cockpit Concept. It has certainly caught a lot of attention with its superb execution.

Firstly, Harman decided to lose the standard central infotainment screen that you see in most vehicles today. And to replace that, they added a massive, retractable display that stretches from the center of the dashboard, all the way to the passenger door instead. While this isn’t the first time for this kind of design to be unveiled, it is by far the best that we’ve seen. It comes with a huge QLED screen that gives both the driver and the passenger access to control it, choose options, and customize it to how they personally want it. Passengers of this car will never be bored.

What makes it even more practical is the fact that two people can simultaneously use the single screen. In other words, the passenger can use it to play games, browse through the internet, or stream videos, at the same time the driver utilizes the navigation information or music. As for the design, it may look like one massive QLED screen in the centerpiece, but it is actually made of a number of smaller OLED screens that can barely be distinguished throughout the cabin.

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36-kWh battery pack on 2018 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. allows for 132-mile range

Back in 2009, Renault introduced to us the Fluence, a compact sedan that was based on the Megane. Whether you remember it or not, that model is still available in many parts of the world such as South Korea, where it is referred to as the Samsung SM3. It was first built at a factory in Busan, and since then it has been available in an all-electric Z.E. (Zero Emission). After several years, the automaker will finally update the said model.

The former Samsung SM3 came equipped with a 22-kilowatt per hour battery pack, while the updated version will be given a bigger battery pack of 36-kWh. The best part about this is that it will not have an impact on the car’s weight. This new and improved battery will let the 2018 Samsung SM3 Z.E. drive for as far as 213 kilometers (132 miles) between charges. However, these are based on the Korean type approval cycle. Overall, the new SM3’s driving range has improved by 57 percent. In the real world (EPA estimated), that would probably be equivalent to 115-120 miles / 185-195 kilometers.

It was just the other day when the SM3 Zero Emission first made its reveal, during the Daegu International Future Auto Expo. In one of their studies, it was found that an average person’s daily trip around South Korea lasted for approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) last year. This was where Renault and Samsung based their development of the electric sedan, enabling it to run for about five days without the need for its battery to recharge. This will be the perfect choice for those who suffer from range anxiety. The SM3 Z.E. also is considered the market’s only three box saloon.

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NAIAS 2017: Samsung unveils its next generation EV battery

The 2017 Detroit Auto Show is getting hotter by the minute. Samsung SDI recently announced that it’s going to unleash its new and awesome lithium battery within the next 3 years.

Electric car owners will surely rejoice after hearing this news. How come? Well, the new battery is Samsung’s answer to all your battery-related anxieties. It comes with a range of up to 373 miles and charges in just 20 minutes. The battery is also lighter by ten percent as it has fewer components compared with other competing brands.

We hope this isn’t anything like the Galaxy Note 7’s battery. Samsung’s promising new technology is expected to hit the roads on or before 2020. It will be offered to car manufacturers should they want to improve their EV’s performance. The battery can go as far as 500 kilometers or 310 miles at eighty percent charge. On a full charge, it can take you as far as 600 kilometers or 373 miles. Considering you only need a few minutes to recharge, that’s still a lot of miles in between breaks.

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Samsung Electronics is acquiring Harman International Industries for $8 billion

South Korean company Samsung Electronics is beefing up its assets and capabilities in order to more properly compete with fellow tech giants Google and Apple in the arena of automotive technology. Thus in this regard, Samsung has determined that Harman International Industries is large enough to allow it to compete side by side its tech rivals. So it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Harman for $112.00 per share in cash – corresponding to a total equity value of around $8.0 billion.

The boards of directors of both Samsung and Harman have already and unanimously approved the agreement, although the finality of the deal remains subject to approval by Harman shareholders, regulators and other customary closing conditions. Samsung expects to use cash on hand to finance the transaction, which is expected to close in mid-2017.

Harman is considered as the leader in connected car solutions market, as evidenced by the fact that its connected car and audio systems -- including embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and security – are fitted in over 30 million vehicles around the world. In addition, around two-thirds of the company sales in its previous fiscal year are automotive-related. Once the deal reaches finality, Harman will operate as a standalone Samsung subsidiary. It will still be under the leadership of current Harman chairman, president and chief executive Dinesh Paliwal and the current management team. According to Samsung, it would retain Harman’s headquarters and facilities, its workforce, and all its consumer and professional audio brands.

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Vehicles and smartwatches do match, the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show has proved. During the CES 2014, BMW became the first carmaker in the world to present vehicle functions on Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch as part of a research application. The new Samsung Galaxy Gear is a wristwatch that displays information from a linked smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions feature similar attributes to the BMW i Remote App that keeps drivers connected with their BMW i3 at all times and provides them with the assistance they need even when they outside the car. The Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions could provide information on the battery charge and available range of the premium electric vehicle.

It could also provide information on any departure times that have been inputted. It also could show whether the BMW i3’s windows, doors and sunroof are closed and could enable users to send a navigation destination to the vehicle or adjust the on-board climate to get ready for a cruise. These can be done through spoken commands via  Samsung’s speech recognition assistant, S Voice.

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Samsung Electronics Co. is famous for producing smartphones that could even rival the iPhone in terms of popularity. With carmakers surely integrating navigation and infotainment technologies into their offerings, Samsung is eyeing the expansion in the auto industry, partly driven by weakening global demand for high-end handsets.

Samsung is partnering with Intel Corp. on an open-source software called Tizen that can run smartphones, tablets, TVs and car systems. The South Korean tech giant has also managed the grabbed interest from carmakers like Toyota. Lee Seung Woo, an analyst at IBK Securities Co. told Bloomberg that in the past, cars are just used for moving, but now, passengers want to enjoy entertainment and access to the Internet inside their vehicles. "It's like a gigantic smartphone on wheels," he said.

One of those future technologies that Lee expects from Samsung are windows made of transparent flat panels that provide map displays and other information for people inside the car while still allowing drivers to have full visibility of the road ahead. Those windows, Lee said, may employ sensors to monitor passengers' health, to select music to match a driver's mood and to analyze traffic and suggest a route.

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Samsung SDI Co. may soon be named by Tesla Motors Inc. as an additional supplier of batteries in its goal to expand and introduce more models in its lineup. Confirmations came from both Tesla and Samsung SDI, a unit of Samsung Electronics Co., that talks are ongoing about the possibility of Samsung SDI being a supplier of battery technology to Tesla.

Samsung spokesman Kim Sang-eun won’t offer details and would only say that no decision has been arrived at. Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said that Tesla has been meeting with other battery suppliers too.

According to two insiders, the talks are now at their final stage and that they’re working out the issues left in the pending contract for Samsung SDI to provide battery technology for the Model X, a cheaper electric car model that’s expected to come out in late 2014.

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Because there’s too much capacity for lithium ion batteries, Robert Bosch GmbH has decided to withdraw from its venture with Korea’s Samsung SDI to develop and manufacture lithium ion batteries last year. At a media roundtable last Friday in Tokyo, the German supplier’s Chairman Volkmar Denner said that the market for hybrid and electric vehicles is over-saturated.

He said that rather than concentrating on mass production, Bosch will focus on developing next-generation batteries. Bosch anticipates that electrified vehicles will make up just 10% of the worldwide market in 2020. Denner said that the company is glad not to be engaging in high-volume battery production since the market is expected to be rather low until 2020.

Denner said that Bosch will focus its efforts on r&d so it could make some progress with regards to the energy density and the pricing of lithium ion batteries. Bosch has partnered with Samsung SDI, via a 50-50 venture named SB LiMotive, to develop and produce batteries for electrified cars.

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The South Korean unit of French carmaker Renault SA is planning to remove around 15 percent of its total employees under a "voluntary retirement program" as part of its effort to reduce costs. Renault Samsung is under pressure to cut costs after posting a 40.4 percent drop in overall sales for the first eight months of 2012.

Sales at Renault Samsung were sluggish both in its home market and in overseas regions. Renault’s South Korean unit posted a 52 percent drop in domestic sales and a 32 percent dive in overseas shipments.

The carmaker’s dismal sales performance is blamed on slowing global economy and a limited product line-up. According to Renault Samsung, around 800 of its 5,500 workers will depart the carmaker under the voluntary retirement program.

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A voluntary redundancy program will be launched by the South Korean unit of Renault amid a sales slump worldwide. Renault Samsung did not say just how much it is targeting for its reductions in the work force. But according to a media report, hundreds of jobs may be lost. The automaker said that 4,500 workers qualify for the program.

Around 1,000 design and research staff members are excluded. Renault Samsung’s decision comes after the South Korean unit of General Motors Co. had announced the voluntary redundancies.

In South Korea, this is the preferred method used by companies to reduce personnel costs. Layoffs are not favored in this country. Demand is lower because of the worldwide economic slowdown, significantly affecting the automakers in Asia's fourth biggest-economy.

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Renault Samsung Motors has revealed the latest-generation SM7, which combines bold, striking lines with a sense of elegance and refinement. The front end is built around a single-structured grille flanked by the original gaze of the vehicle's directional and adaptive bi-Xenon headlights. The chrome trimming and character line enhances the implicit sense of quality and dynamism.

The generous forms continue rearward to form a spacious cabin wherein everything will be dedicated to enjoyable driving experience as well as exclusive wellbeing of the passengers.

On the other hand, the twin exhaust tail pipes are pointing to the performance and quality credentials of the engines available for the vehicle. The new SM7, from its original design to the high-standard after-sales service quality, benefits extensively from the Renault-Nissan Alliance's expertise.

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According to the latest reports from Automotive News, it appears that a joint venture of South Korea's Samsung SDI and Robert Bosch just won the contract to supply lithium-ion batteries for Chrysler's upcoming electric vehicle, the new Fiat 500 EV.

Furthermore, Samsung announced that the Fiat 500 EV, the electric version of the Fiat 500 will also be introduced on the U.S. market in 2012. Samsung did not provide further details on the contract terms or value.

"The alliance with Fiat presented new opportunities to merge Chrysler Group engineering knowledge with new platforms and the Fiat 500EV is an outstanding example of our efforts," said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President Engineering-Chrysler Group LLC. "The Fiat 500 is a small, lightweight platform perfect for integrating electric-vehicle technology."

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BMW Group revealed that it has chosen SB LiMotive to supply it with battery cells for its Megacity Vehicle project. Because of this, BMW Group now has access to the latest in lithium-ion storage technology.

BMW AG’s Chairman of the Board of Management Norbert Reithofer explains that this choice is an important milestone in its goal to have the Megacity Vehicle under serial production. The most important part of an electric vehicle is the battery as it ultimately determines the performance of the vehicle and how far it will run.

By choosing SB LiMotive, he adds, the company has a supplier that offers the best technology in this area as it combines Korean battery know-how with German automotive expertise. This is because SB LiMotive is a 50:50 joint venture between Samsung SDI and Bosch.

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These are new official photos of the upcoming SM3, a vehicle produced by Korean group Samsung's automotive division, Renault Samsung Motors. These photos, which were obtained by Global Auto News, show that the SM3 represents a complete change from the initial SM3 that was released in 2002.

Last June, program director Song Eung-seok told the media that the SM3 was going to be continued for as long as there is still demand. Don't be deceived by their names; the New SM3 and the SM3 are targeted at different consumers therefore there will not be any cannibalization between them.

The New SM3 uses Renault-Nissan's C-platform and is equipped with a 1.6l H4M engine, mated to a Xtronic continuously variable transmission.

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