Samsung has launched a telematics dongle and associated app ecosystem, and insurance carrier AXA is already on board.
Samsung Connect Auto plugs into the OBD II port underneath the steering wheel, similar to devices from insurers and third-party telematics providers already in the market. It uses real-time alerts to help users improve their driving behavior and offers an in-car Wi-Fi connection to keep passengers online while on-the-go. Samsung says the inclusion of its KNOX1 mobile security platform on the device "provides the mass market with an affordable connected car solution that places safety and security first, while enriching in-car and out-of-car experience."
Samsung Connect Auto will initially be available in the second quarter in the U.S., with AT&T providing connectivity. Among a list of features, Samsung cites the platform's usage-based insurance feature, which allows users to share their vehicle data to receive insurance offerings. AXA has signed on as a partner.
“AXA is delighted to partner with Samsung in the development of a secured Connected Car ecosystem that will bring peace of mind for our customers, provide them with additional insurance and assistance services and contribute to enhance drivers’ behaviors,” said Serge Morelli, Deputy CEO of AXA Partners and CEO of AXA Assistance.
Other partners include Cisco, Crawford & Company, Ericsson, IBM, Jasper, Orange, and Willis Towers Watson.
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