HARMAN Showcases Today’s Ultimate In-Vehicle Experiences at CES 2019

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Connected car, audio and connected services technologies collectively provide automakers bundled solutions for immersive in-vehicle experiences

CES 2019 – LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2019 – HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is showcasing at CES 2019 the vehicle’s role in amplifying the connected life. By bringing together the company’s expertise in connected car, audio and connected services technologies, HARMAN is democratising vehicle experiences through innovative technology solutions that enable smarter interactions, improve safety and security, and help automakers seamlessly scale offerings for all vehicle segments.

“It wasn’t too long ago that a vehicle’s value was measured by its mechanical performance and driving dynamics. With the emerging popularity of shared mobility and in-vehicle technology however, value is now being measured by experience-per-mile,” said Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN President and CEO. “With our CES 2019 technologies, HARMAN is helping automakers provide more connected experiences in a variety of segments that can be used today instead of years down the road.”

Each newly enhanced offering is designed to work together, often managed by a single HARMAN control unit, to help automakers pick and choose technologies to provide greater connectivity within vehicles, and across devices, allowing OEMs the ability to streamline their supply chain, while improving product flexibility. This also helps expedite the implementation of more advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) across model lineups.

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Scalable Connected Car
Some of the most important in-vehicle technologies today are the instrument cluster and infotainment display, but far too often these are designed to function in a silo. For the consumer, this can make the driving experience seem disjointed and lead to a feeling of information overload. All of which, fosters a sense of discomfort and mistrust around connected car technology.

To foster consumer trust, and help drivers embrace the highly connected and autonomous vehicle experience, HARMAN has reimagined its Digital Cockpit offerings while ensuring they are scalable for a range of entry-level and premium luxury vehicles. In an economical application, HARMAN’s Digital Cockpit simplifies vehicle display layouts to present both critical and ancillary information in an intuitive and cohesive layout. Capable of showing ADAS feature information, turn-by-turn navigation, multi-media player information, feature menus and more, the entry-level Digital Cockpit can also seamlessly integrate with a user’s smartphone to bridge multiple personal assistants (such as Google, Alexa and Samsung’s Bixby) while adding HARMAN-specific driver related skills into all the clouds in an agnostic way.

For drivers seeking the ultimate in-vehicle experience for them and their passengers right from the factory, HARMAN’s Premium Digital Cockpit and Compute Platform with integrated modular hardware is an end-to-end package that seamlessly integrates a vehicle’s cluster, infotainment and safety features. Blending clear, vibrant QLED and OLED display technologies for optimal colour gamut regardless of the time of day, the solution also features facial recognition for driver monitoring using HARMAN’s Cabin Monitoring System – a suite of sensors to capture first- and second-order biometric signals from a driver to create a deeper human-machine relationship. Augmented reality for E-Mirror surround view and contextual navigation, as well as cloud-stored profile settings for personalised experiences are also featured in this fully integrated IoT capable offering.

Both variants of HARMAN’s Digital Cockpit can work seamlessly with the company’s suite of sensor technology – from Forward Facing Cameras to LiDAR – designed to not only bring more ADAS-equipped vehicles to market, but help drivers feel more comfortable with future-mobility technology.

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Personalised, Smart Audio for an Elevated Communications Experience

With voice commands emerging as the norm for managing in-car experiences, clear in-vehicle communication is more important than ever before. HARMAN’s new Premium Communication solutions leverage the latest advancements in smart audio and acoustic signal processing to personalise the sonic environment and provide clear, frustration-free communication for all vehicle occupants – whether it’s with a voice assistant, someone on the other end of a phone call, or with each other.

Built on AudioworX, HARMAN’s proprietary, open-network development platform, Premium Communications is modular and scalable across vehicle segments. Together, its technologies address the challenges of the evolving vehicle interior and help OEMs better capitalise on integrations with voice assistants, while fulfilling consumer demand for better in-vehicle communication.

 Premium Communications comprises:

  • In-Car Communication (ICC), providing clear, safe 2-way communication amongst vehicle occupants –seamlessly, for every drive.
  • ClearChat with Far-End Noise Cancellation, bringing new levels of clarity for phone voice calls and voice commands.
  • Personal Communication Zones, giving each occupant an enjoyable, personalised in-car experience free from sonic clutter.
  • Multi Voice Personal Assistant Capability allowing occupants the freedom to use the voice assistant of their choice.

Leveraging the world’s leading microphone, voice processing and noise cancelling technologies, Premium Communications is a new way to go to market, changing the standard for the in-vehicle experience across all market and vehicle segments.

A Securely Connected Future
Ensuring all this connectivity functions securely is a primary consideration. HARMAN’s Ignite Automotive Cloud platform works with both entry-level and premium offerings to manage multiple in-vehicle solutions, from vehicle diagnostics to cloud-based driver profiles, all under one control unit that can be updated over-the-air by using HARMAN Remote Vehicle Updating Service (OTA). This also enables connected ADAS applications and features, as well as IoT functionality to provide capabilities such as route alerts and guidance via calendar integration and integration with home control systems such as SmartThings. HARMAN SHIELD – a comprehensive intrusion detection and prevention solution (IDPS) – functions as the car’s security system, capable of detecting, managing, mitigating and responding to cyber-attacks on connected and autonomous vehicles.

Keeping all of this technology updated and connected requires a robust data transfer network, which is why HARMAN is working to equip more vehicles with its 5G Telematics for vehicle to everything (V2X) communications. Powered by HARMAN’s powerful conformal antenna technology and capable of working in cars and motorcycles (via a Bluetooth helmet), V2X allows for faster message exchanges for increased roadway safety, and audible infrastructure and safety alerts.

HARMAN Opens New Facility Focused on Automotive Software Development in Poland

Signs Agreements with Top Polish Universities to Nurture and Hire Engineering Talent

STAMFORD, CT – November 8, 2018 – HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced that the company has opened a new office facility in Łódź, Poland to accommodate its growing talent in the country.

HARMAN new office, located at ul. Ogrodowa 8, offers an open, collaborative, and superior work environment for the company’s current and future staff. The facility has several progressive design elements that will enhance employee collaboration across teams. The new office will be home to over 350 engineers developing advanced automotive solutions including the company’s summit car audio platform, HARMAN’s award-winning Ignite platform, HARMAN OTA software management and maps services.
The company has also signed separate agreements with two of the top Universities of Poland – University of Lodz/ Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics and Lodz University of Technology/Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering, to collaborate towards developing the finest IT talent in the country.

As part of the agreement, HARMAN will work with both these universities to undertake joint research projects, develop academic research papers, and advance academic education in the domain of software engineering for embedded systems. HARMAN will also actively hire both interns and permanent employees from these universities and enhance the overall engineering talent pool in the country.

“As we seek to further our culture of innovation within HARMAN and key growth sectors, we are proud to be expanding our operations in an engineering hotbed like Poland,” said Sanjay Dhawan, President – Connected Services and CTO, HARMAN. “HARMAN has been growing quickly in Poland, tripling its number of employees within the past two years, and we expect this new environment, along with the support of top academia, to support further strategic initiatives in the future.”

Recruitment for new projects is ongoing, and the company is seeking Eastern European engineering talent to join its team, in Łódź, and assist in bringing further innovation to the connected car market.

HARMAN is a leader in the automotive infotainment industry, filing more than 7,000 patents and receiving approximately 60 design awards related to audio systems.

HARMAN Opens First Experience Store in Europe, Creating a Unique Space Where Speed Meets Sound

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The company’s first European flagship store offers visitors a glimpse into the world of HARMAN and its multiple award-winning audio brands

MUNICH, Germany – HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced the opening of its first Experience Store in Europe. Located at Sendlinger Straße 46, in the heart of Munich’s popular central retail shopping district, the new location is designed to serve as a showcase for HARMAN’s award-winning audio solutions across all consumer and automotive categories. It highlights how the company’s heritage of craftsmanship merges with innovation and cutting edge technology in both the store design and the products on display. 

“Our first HARMAN store in Europe transcends simple retail to a memorable visual and auditory experience centre.  It is a dynamic showcase for our family of brands including JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG, and it will feature select cars from our automaker partners that include our in-dash technologies and sound systems. The store will truly be a place where speed meets sound, combining our automotive audio and consumer audio heritage in one place. Through it, we will continue to transform how consumers interact with our audio products and brands,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio at HARMAN.

“HARMAN is a house of world-renowned audio brands, and this new space is in many ways a manifestation of that house. Flagship stores tell our story and enable us to take centre stage to connect directly with consumers. This is an important step in the development and growth of our brands across Europe and we are delighted to welcome consumers to our Munich Experience Store,” said Ralph Santana, Chief Marketing Officer at HARMAN.

A dynamic showcase

The space is designed to be entirely transformed for various events including lectures, small concerts, parties, etc. – fixtures can be moved, digital displays can be taken over, colour-changing LEDs in the ceiling can wash the space in colours to adapt to every need and mood.

It will feature award-winning consumer products from JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG including headphones, portable speakers, soundbars, voice controlled speakers and much more. HARMAN’s automotive audio business will also feature in the store with a rotating selection of vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems from its portfolio of automotive audio brands including Harman Kardon, JBL, Bang & Olufsen, Bowers & Wilkins. 

Pushing the experiential dimension even further, the Munich Experience Store will enable customers to interact not only with HARMAN’s products, but also with regular musical events, celebrity appearances and car launches in collaboration with automakers, amongst the activities. An additional Luxury Audio Studio is also set to open in an adjacent space later this year. In the Luxury Audio Studio, audio enthusiasts will be able to enjoy and explore products from HARMAN’s exclusive luxury brands like Lexicon, Mark Levinson, and Revel plus it will include a deluxe cinema featuring Dolby Atmos.

A design showstopper

The first of its kind in Europe, the Experience Store in Munich is intended to bring together speed and sound in a unique way. Across a 33.5-metre glass façade lies a modern, dynamic environment that pays homage to Germany’s rich automotive culture and legendary precision. Gensler Architects, whose portfolio includes Facebook’s California headquarters, Cadillac House in New York, and the stunning Shanghai Tower, designed the interior as the visualisation of a sound wave that guides consumers from the front to the back of the store, offering a cadenced retail experience that revolves around the visualisation and emotion of a sound wave articulated through both form and light.

A fitting location

Since opening its first flagship store in Shanghai in 2010, HARMAN has added such cosmopolitan locations as Tokyo and New York City. With its deep automotive roots, Munich was a natural choice for the first European Experience Store. The very design of the store’s interior evokes Germany’s powerful automotive culture and identity.

Becoming part of the local community

As part of the opening, HARMAN will also make a commitment to the local community. Every holiday season, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Munich-based youth athletic organisations. To kick off the campaign, HARMAN donated 25,000 EUR to the International Hockey Federation on the occasion of the store opening. The donation was handed over to German National Team Coach Marco Sturm and some key players from the silver-medal winning German Olympic championship team during an evening ceremony at the store.

The Munich flagship store is open to the public starting 26 September and every Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Google selects HARMAN as audio technology partner

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The collaboration will feature audio devices for Google’s Ara Mobile Device and Project Soli

STAMFORD, CT – May 20, 2016 – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, and Google, a multi-faceted leader in the digital space, today announced a new audio partnership at Google I/O 2016.

This extended collaboration between HARMAN and Google will include modules for Google’s new modular mobile device, Ara. This device will give customers complete choice over the features they value, including the highest quality audio from a HARMAN-designed module. HARMAN’s 80-year audio heritage and deep expertise in the Android operating system will be critical elements in the development process.

In addition, HARMAN and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group (ATAP) are also working closely together on Project Soli. Soli uses radar to enable new types of touchless interactions, one where the human hand becomes a natural, intuitive interface for devices. The Soli sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy to enable precise and effortless hand gestures.

“HARMAN is at the forefront of engineering flexible, personalised smart audio solutions for the professional, consumer and automotive markets and we are excited to partner with Google, a long-time HARMAN partner on many fronts, to bring to market totally customisable mobile devices,” said Michael Mauser, President, HARMAN Lifestyle Audio. “Consumers now understand they don’t have to sacrifice sound for portability, and Ara will give them premium audio and the functionalities they want on the go. We look forward to collaborating with Google on other innovations incorporating smart audio in the future.”

HARMAN Recognised as Top Supplier with Volvo Cars Award of Excellence

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HARMAN receives Volvo Cars Award of Excellence 2015 for delivering supreme Bowers & Wilkins in-car audio technology in the new Volvo XC90

STAMFORD, CT and GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, announced today that it has won a Volvo Cars Award of Excellence 2015 in the “Technology” category for delivering the Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system in the new Volvo XC90.

Announced at The Volvo Cars Award of Excellence ceremony in Gothenburg, Sweden, this accolade acknowledges HARMAN among the company’s top-performing suppliers who provide superior solutions and services to contribute to the success of Volvo Cars.

Since 2008, HARMAN has worked together in a global alliance with the British high-end audio specialist Bowers & Wilkins blending the technical and commercial strengths of both companies. Based on more than 100 years of combined expertise in the premium audio field, the two partners jointly develop car audio solutions that cherry pick the best technologies and components from both worlds. The new Volvo XC90 features the first ever Bowers & Wilkins audio system built into an SUV and is the world’s first in-car system to use Bowers & Wilkins tweeter-on-top technology to optimise sound and maintain audio dimension within the cabin of the vehicle. The Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system on board the Volvo XC90 also features an incredibly compact highly efficient Class D amplifier containing all the digital signal processing power needed to realise the new and innovative features and functions in the system. To develop these different functions and seamlessly integrate into the vehicle’s interior, HARMAN and Volvo Engineering and Industrial Design teams collaborated to create a stunning in-car audio system to match the luxury of the vehicle for an extraordinary in-car listening experience.

“Tuning an automotive speaker system is a fine art that requires expert ears, hours of listening, and in the case of the XC90, extensive collaboration between Volvo, Bowers & Wilkins and HARMAN engineers,” said Michael Mauser, President HARMAN Lifestyle Audio Division. “We worked closely with Volvo’s experienced team to ensure that each speaker is positioned for optimum acoustics and the most immersive sound possible. We’re honored to be recognised among Volvo Cars’ top suppliers for our innovative technology contributions that enabled the development and continued success of the premium Bowers & Wilkins audio system in the Volvo XC90.”

The Volvo XC90 Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system features several unique transducer technologies for which Bowers & Wilkins is well-known, including nautilus tweeters, Kevlar cones and long-throw woofers. These combine with HARMAN’s next-generation QuantumLogic Surround Sound processing to provide an immersive, multi-dimensional 7.1 surround sound experience from any music source. The components are integrated into the cabin architecture and carefully tuned for optimum acoustics and the most immersive sound possible. For the first time introduced in a car is Dirac UnisonTM, the latest automotive tuning technology from Dirac using an innovative filter topology that transforms the physical speakers in the vehicle cabin into seven virtual ideal speakers that the audio tuning engineers can use to achieve their target acoustic response in all the listening positions at the same time.


HARMAN brings JBL premium audio on board the all-new Kia Sportage

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The 2016 Kia Sportage features a JBL premium surround audio system with Clari-Fi music restoration technology for a best-in-class listening experience.

BARCELONA, SPAIN and KARLSBAD, GERMANY – To expand upon its current collaboration with Kia Motors Corporation, HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, has put the famous JBL Signature Sound on board the all-new 2016 Kia Sportage. Drivers of this newest model of the compact SUV in Europe can opt in for the JBL audio system and can look forward to an incredible audio experience, including Clari-Fi, a patented HARMAN technology that restores musical depth and authenticity to compressed digital sources.

Powerful audio performance for SUV drivers

The Kia Sportage is one of Kia’s best-selling vehicles and one of the cornerstones of the company’s business strategy. As the market for compact SUVs has continued to become more competitive, Kia wanted to offer its customers a vehicle with a true differentiator to provide a unique driving experience. Artur Martins, Vice President Marketing, Kia Motors Europe said, “Every audiophile world-wide knows the JBL Signature Sound and we are proud that now drivers will be able to experience this auditory excellence in our all-new 2016 Kia Sportage.”

The optional JBL premium sound system in the 2016 Sportage delivers high-end audio technology to the compact SUV class. “The combination of the JBL Signature Sound and our revolutionary Clari-Fi music restoration technology brings a true hi-fi feeling to the class of compact SUVs,” said Michael Mauser, President Lifestyle Audio Division, HARMAN. “Perfectly tuned to the interior of the car, and with a powerful audio performance, we are offering a true best-in-class listening experience to the drivers and passengers of the new Kia Sportage.”

2016 Kia Sportage with JBL Signature Sound

2016 Kia Sportage with JBL Signature Sound

With more people than ever streaming music into their cars from digital sources, the proprietary Clari-Fi software in the JBL premium audio system counters the unwelcome distortion that happens when digital sound is compressed – like flat vocals or dulled percussion. Unlike other systems on the market, Clari-Fi does not blindly add equalization, bass boost, or other effects that alter the intended listening experience. It works by analyzing the audio files during playback and actually rebuilding what was lost.

To raise the listening experience in the Kia Sportage to new levels, the JBL system includes eight strategically placed speakers, optimized and tuned for the Sportage cabin and powered by a 320 watt amplifier – which is twice as many watts as the standard system. Also with Automatic Speed Dependent Volume Control, drivers do not have to adjust audio volume while driving: the individual channels are adjusted automatically based upon the vehicle’s speed.

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2016 Kia Sportage

HARMAN Continues to Drive Innovation for In-Car Audio with Revolutionary Portable Bluetooth Speaker System at CES 2016

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New connected, personalised, and adaptive car audio solutions demonstrated at the HARMAN Showcase located at the Hard Rock Hotel   

CES 2016, LAS VEGAS January 5, 2016 – HARMAN International Industries (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is introducing its latest Car Audio innovations at CES 2016. Drawing from its 60-plus years of experience in acoustic design and signal processing, as well as proven technologies from each of its four divisions, HARMAN is demonstrating its breakthrough solution – the seamless, scalable Infinity Voyager Drive lifestyle audio system. The system leverages next-generation connectivity capabilities, building on the principles of personalisation and adaptability to create unprecedented in-cabin audio experiences for today’s consumers.

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HARMAN CES Voyager demo

The Infinity Voyager Drive solution is a revolutionary, full-range portable Bluetooth speaker system personalised to fit consumers’ on-the-go lifestyles in and out of their vehicle. Designed specifically with today’s always-connected consumers and music lovers in mind, Voyager Drive is a unique lifestyle audio system that pops into and out of the vehicle dashboard to seamlessly follow consumers from their car, to the house, the beach, campsite, or anywhere else their journey may take them.

A completely new approach to in-vehicle audio, Voyager Drive brings branded car audio to new markets with the first-of-its-kind scalable, versatile audio system designed specifically for entry-segment vehicles. Leapfrogging the constraints of traditional door speaker and head unit architectures, Voyager Drive gives OEMs the ability to offer cost-effective and low-complexity branded audio solutions for this fast-growing segment as well as for emerging markets, making lifestyle audio available to customers that previously have not had access. What’s more, Voyager Drive’s Bluetooth connectivity allows for over the air (OTA) content updates to ensure that the latest entertainment options are always accessible and up to date.

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HARMAN CES Voyager home

“Automakers recognise that premium audio can be an effective way to differentiate their vehicles and appeal to new customers, and they are looking for next-generation features that go beyond traditional sound reproduction,” said John Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Car Audio for HARMAN. “With our industry-leading technology solutions across a range of categories, HARMAN is uniquely positioned to deliver this level of innovation and experience. We are redefining the concept of automotive audio as adaptive and tailored to each individual in ways never before possible and, for the first time, we are extending these experiences beyond the vehicle to seamlessly connect music to more elements of consumers’ daily lives.”

Voyager Drive is designed to appeal to the fast growing segment of young consumers who demand portability and personalisation without compromising quality. On its own, Voyager Drive provides a best-in-class listening experience to entry segment vehicles through a detachable wireless speaker and six dynamic in-dash speakers. The system can be expanded at any time with the addition of Voyager Drive+, a removable car bass box that functions as a full-range portable audio system in and out of your vehicle.  

In addition, the Voyager Drive lifestyle audio system offers a host of advanced technologies that connect your music to your life and enhance your on-the-go lifestyle in ways never before possible, including:

  • Connectivity capability from HARMAN’s AMX brand that links your music to lighting and other atmospheric elements in your home or vehicle to amplify your experience and reinforce your mood;
  • Wide, immersive, size-defying sound made possible by Dirac Panorama sound stage technology for an improved in-vehicle listening experience;
  • Built-in speakerphone functionality with advanced microphones and SoundClear® echo noise cancellation technology so your calls come through loud, clear and hands-free.  

With its combination of advanced technologies only a company like HARMAN can provide, Voyager Drive truly shifts the traditional car audio paradigm to bring branded lifestyle audio to an entirely new segment of vehicles.

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Visit the HARMAN showcase during CES 2016 for demonstrations of the company’s full portfolio of connected car and lifestyle audio systems that enable the connected life. The HARMAN experience showcase is located at the Hard Rock Hotel. Follow HARMAN online during CES 2016: