Connected cars at MWC15 / #1 Seat & Samsung

Connected cars at MWC15 / #1 Seat & Samsung


At MWC, we are launching the new partnership between Seat and Samsung. Our goal is to extend the connected life experience from the mobile to the car… What for? In this technology demonstration, we’ll show you what can do we do with a car connected to a mobile device. For instance, from home, you could set some of your car parameters such as the temperature of its interior, the ambient lighting or the driving profile you want to use, a more sportive way or maybe more eco friendly. You could also set the audio sources to listen to your favourite music, or, if it’s summer or we are on a hot climate, the automatic opening or closing of the windows. This is just a technology demonstration; there are more parameters that can be customized in the car, but we want you to see some of the parameters that can be set in the mobile and whose changes will be applied to the car using the mobile itself or a wearable. Related to our goal of extending life experience from home to the car Seat goes for the unification of the three main smartphone integration technologies: Android Auto, promoted by Google, Apple CarPlay, promoted by Apple, and MirrorLink, promoted by the union of some car and mobile manufacturers. Starting next summer, Seat will support all three technologies, but apps are currently developed in MirrorLink because, nowadays, is the most advanced context for car manufacturers. What is MirrorLink? As its name suggests, it is a mirror, a screening of the mobile screen in the car’s infotainment system. In reality, all procedures shown are executed in the mobile, which is blocked. Next summer, Seat will launch Seat Driver, the new app for all Seat vehicles that will carry the previously-mentioned experience directly to the car. How will it be possible? By duplicating an environment familiar to the user, the Android desktop, as MirrorLink is only available for Android. The app proceeds as follows: there is a personal desktop where you can customize different widgets, such as a reader, which receives information from your social media and email accounts and speaks it aloud while driving. In a near future, it is also planned that this system will allow you to answer your emails by using your voice. You’ll have access to POIs, provided by Foursquare, or to weather widgets, where you can check the weather of a concrete location or of your final destination. There’s also a widget to control the car’s audio system. Another functionality to be found at the desktop is the shortcut to contacts. Taking as a reference the mobile contact list, you can pre-set the actions to be taken and perform them easily and quickly while driving. For instance: If you are driving back home and you find a traffic jam, you can inform your wife about the delay by sending her a predefined message, such as “There’s a traffic jam, I’ll be late”. Just by clicking once, while you’re driving, the message will be automatically sent. From here you can also call someone and navigate the person’s location. We are working hard on functionalities that allow the driver to perform actions without getting distracted. With this goal in mind, we have linked some gestures predefined by the user to some actions in the app. Let’s work with the previous example, where you want to send a message to your wife letting her know about the traffic jam and the delay. What you can do with the app is to create three new gestures, apart from the ones that are already predefined and enabled by Seat. You can define the gesture… here you are… and the action linked to it, for instance, send a message to Anna letting her know that you’ll be late, or whatever. From now, from any point of the app, you can make the gesture when you find the traffic jam and send her the message. More widgets available at the desktop are different clocks, and a very important one that we want to favor in the future: the widget to control the driver’s heart rate. This widget, by means of a compatible wereable, such this Samsung, provides information on the driver’s heart rate… now it is a bit high, as we’re performing the demonstration… How can this information help us? That’s easy and useful: if the driver has been driving for two hours, and we realise that the heart rate is decreasing, we can suggest to stop and take a break. As there are POIs in the system, we can find a nearby rest area and, using the car’s navigation system, direct the driver there. At the end, our aim is to gather together all these technologies to guarantee the safety of the car’s occupants. The outcar mode is very useful to set some of the features that you’ll need later, once you enter the vehicle, such as the voice access to your social media accounts, or the desktop customization we have seen before. This action, here shown in development mode, can be performed when the car is stopped or from home, but not while driving, as it is very distractive. At home, you can customize the oncar mode view and also compare the recorded tracks. Last but not least, there is also a functionality that records the car location when the mobile is disconnected from it and allows to quickly locate the vehicle.