Samsung has reportedly signed a deal with the popular electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla worth nearly half a billion dollars. As part of the deal, the South Korean tech giant will be providing camera modules for Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck electric vehicle, which was introduced in 2019.
The Korea Economic Daily reported that the “number 1 American EV manufacturer” to whom Samsung will supply cameras plans to launch a new electric vehicle that could give drivers a rearview through a camera that will be equipped on the car as the model does not have side mirrors. It also noted that the upcoming EV has more than eight cameras for self-driving purposes.
It is well known that the Cybertruck is equipped with an extensive suite of cameras and sensors. The electric pickup is equipped with cameras in the fenders that provide a view of the cabin instead of having to depend on side mirrors. Even though the US doesn’t allow cameras instead of side mirrors, Tesla is hoping to change that before the launch of the Cybertruck, Korea Economic Daily reported.
“Samsung Electro-Mechanics was known to have won a $435.7 million deal to supply camera modules to the largest US EV maker. The company plans to launch a new EV, which gives drivers a rear view through a camera equipped on the car, as the model does not have side mirrors. The EV has more than eight cameras for self-driving purposes”, added the report by the Korea Economic Daily.
Talking about the Cybertruck’s suite of cameras, it gets front-facing and back-facing cameras as well as one under the front bumper. The cameras could be used for purposes like parking assist or even a 360-degree birds-eye view.
It’s worth mentioning that Samsung has just introduced its first ISOCELL Image Sensor tailored for automotive applications earlier today. Dubbed the Samsung ISOCELL Auto 4AC, the new sensor could be seen in the Tesla Cybertruck as well as in Tesla’s upcoming electric vehicles as well. The new sensor has the brand’s CornerPixel solution, which is capable of enhancing the field of view for an even safer driving experience. This sensor is intended to be used as a reverse camera to stream on surround view monitors.
Notably, this is not the first time Samsung and Tesla are working together. The South Korean tech giant has already been supplying Tesla with components for its electric cars. These techs include batteries, apart from some other components.