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Samsung Dongle LTE Makes a Car a Mobile Wi-Fi 'Hotspot'

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By    |   Monday, 22 Feb 2016 10:04 AM

A new Samsung dongle will help turn a car into a Wi-Fi "hotspot" using the familiar LTE cellular network for in-car data service, according to PC Magazine.

The Samsung Connect Auto dongle plugs directly into the vehicle's OBD-II (on-board diagnostics) port, allowing passengers to connect with the Internet.

A Samsung statement said AT&T will be the first wireless provider for the dongle in the United States and it should be available the second quarter of the year.

Samsung hasn't said how much the Samsung Auto Connect dongle will cost, said PC Magazine.

"We have been listening to our customers and pushing boundaries to create a connected car ecosystem that seamlessly integrates our products and partner services for a better driving experience," said Injong Rhee, executive vice president at Samsung.

"Through collaborations with valuable partners and experts across many industries, we are carrying out our vision of bringing (Internet of Things) technology to people’s everyday lives," said Rhee, who is also head of research and development, software and services, and mobile communications business for Samsung.

Samsung said the dongle will give the driver real-time alerts to help them improve driving behavior. The company said its Samsung KNOX mobile security platform will help keep the connection secure.

The Verge said the Samsung dongle allows older models of cars to have LTE connectivity since as models since 1996 have OBD II ports built into them.

Verizon announced its own dongle, Hum, earlier this month that also attaches to the vehicle's OBD II port, enabling geofencing and speed alerts for the owner, which The Verge said could be helpful for parents monitoring new teenage drivers.

"Samsung is creating a new partner ecosystem of carriers, insurance companies, roadside assistance operators and maintenance networks," said Samsung. "Additionally, by partnering with auto manufacturers, Samsung is helping to bridge the gap between the automotive industry and the mobile world."

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