The Samsung Connect Auto dongle marks the Korean tech company’s entrance into the connected car race.
However it’s not a service such as Android Auto or CarPlay, but rather a dongle that slots into the OBD-II port in your vehicle.
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Car occupants can get WiFi internet with Samsung Connect Auto
Rival services integrate with the dashboard display on your car in order to add smartphone-like functionality, but the Samsung Connect Auto provides a WiFi hotspot for occupants of your vehicle.
The device will be a boon for those who don’t want to use up all of their data plan on long journeys, and will use an LTE cellular network to connect to the internet. In the United States the connection will be made via the AT&T network.
The price of the dongle has not yet been confirmed, nor has the cost of a monthly subscription. PC Mag predicts that it will cost around $10 per month.
Samsung looking to compete with rival auto dongles
Alongside the WiFi connection it is thought that the Samsung Connect Auto will offer similar tracking services as other OBD-II dongles.
“Samsung also encourages safe driving behavior by using