Samsung’s mobile devices are spread all over the world, and the company’s latest flagship phones announced at MWC in Barcelona have already earned millions of fans. With this in mind, there’s no wonder why certain consumers think “smartphone” whenever they hear “Samsung”, but as the majority of people know, Samsung is a conglomerate company involved in the manufacturing of a wide variety of items, from consumer electronics to industrial products. The company has also shown an interest in the automotive industry, and now it seems that Samsung is working on a new product for motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s called the Samsung Smart Windshield, and as its moniker suggests, it’s a smart windshield for motorcycles, able to connect to the rider’s smartphone.
Excluding the dealings of Renault Samsung Motors from the picture, over the past year or so Samsung has been working on a handful of products designed to bolster road safety. Not long ago the company began testing its Safety Truck program in Argentina, and earlier in February 2016 the Korean tech giant announced Samsung Connect Auto – a device able to bring 4G connectivity to just about any car equipped with an OBD (on-board diagnostic port). Now the company appears to have gained an interest in making motorcycles safer and smarter at the same time, through a new product called the Samsung Smart Windshield. The windshield connects to a smartphone through Wi-Fi connectivity and projects relevant information to the rider, including GPS navigation, messages, emails, incoming calls and so on. It also allows users to set a pre-defined message to inform their contacts that they are unreachable.
It’s worth noting that the Samsung Smart Windshield doesn’t project images on the windshield itself, but rather in a smaller area near the motorcycle’s dashboard. Presumably, the Windshield has been designed in this manner in order to avoid distracting the rider, but then again the rider is required to look slightly downwards in order to get a read on the display, and it’s probably not the best idea to check lengthy messages in this manner. In any case, at the moment, there’s no word on availability, but you can get a clearer view of how the Samsung Smart Windshield works by checking the video below, released on YouTube by global advertising agency Leo Burnett.