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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.



HARMAN Joins Forces with Leading OEMs to Deliver Superlative In-Car Audio and Infotainment at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

HARMAN provides best in class audio and infotainment experiences with its portfolio of legendary automotive manufacturers 

GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW – HARMAN International Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is presenting its renowned audio and infotainment technologies for some of the world’s most important automotive OEMs at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. These include the latest HARMAN audio systems from Bang & Olufsen, B&O PLAY, Bowers & Wilkins, Harman Kardon and JBL. With its impressive range of high-end solutions on display across many of the world’s top automotive lines, HARMAN continues to reinforce its standing as the global market leader in car audio and infotainment technology.

Audi offers immersive 3D audio powered by Bang & Olufsen

Launching in 2018, the all-new Audi A6 melds dynamic design and immersive sound in the same stunning package. Harmoniously integrated within its sophisticated cabin, the next-generation Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced and Premium Sound Systems deliver enveloping 3D sound for all seating positions in the vehicle. The Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System features Symphoria®, a revolutionary rendering solution for 3D surround sound reproduction developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, which works side by side with Bang & Olufsen’s multichannel matrix processing and Audi’s unparalleled elegance in a breakthrough collaboration to provide the best of three worlds. Acoustic lenses placed on the dashboard provide a rich soundstage that envelops all vehicle occupants, while improved tweeter drivers lower distortion and enlarged woofers offer greater bass capability.

Bentley and Bang & Olufsen craft immersive moments

The new Bentley Continental GT features a luxurious, tailor-made Bang & Olufsen sound system with specially manufactured aluminium elements and illuminated speaker grills, creating unique and mesmerising moments inside the car. The visceral BeoSonic one touch experience in the car sets the right mood for meaningful moments behind the wheel. Four distinct sound spaces – bright, energetic, warm and relaxed – are a touch away. Surround intensity can be adjusted as well through pinching gesture, directly within the BeoSonic space. Additional settings can optimise the whole system for front or rear seats only, or for all seats.

Lamborghini and Bang & Olufsen go the extra mile

The all-new Lamborghini Urus scheduled for release in spring 2018 is equipped with a custom-designed Bang & Olufsen Sound System. Produced through close collaboration between Lamborghini, Fraunhofer IIS, and HARMAN, the system creates an immersive, natural 3D sound experience, combining Symphoria®, a revolutionary rendering solution for 3D surround sound reproduction developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, with Bang & Olufsen’s multichannel matrix processing and Lamborghini’s unparalleled sportiveness and power. Regardless of their seat, passengers are treated to a natural, clear reproduction independent of source and music genre, creating the impression of a three-dimensional sound stage that increases perception of the height, depth, and size of sound sources. The system also features Vehicle Noise Compensation (VNC) technology to further enhance the audio performance of this uniquely dynamic Super SUV. The Danish-designed door speaker grills in solid aluminium, with sparkling edges and refined glossy chamfers are tailor-made to perfectly fit the dynamic interior of the Lamborghini Urus. The silk matt surface is perforated with a characteristic Y-shaped hole pattern and each hole is scaled and positioned to pick up the lines of the door. Form follows function in order to achieve the ultimate performance and experience in the car.

Ford amps up the audio with B&O PLAY

The rollout of B&O PLAY premium audio within the global Ford line-up continues with the introduction of the Ford Edge offering the elevated, transformative and powerful sound of B&O PLAY. Launching for the first time with B&O PLAY onboard, Ford’s largest SUV in Europe is receiving a facelift and a new ST-line variant introducing a new 238 PS 2.0-liter bi-turbo Ecoblue diesel engine, 8-speed automatic transmission and a new set of driver assistance technologies. The finely tuned B&O PLAY Sound System is set to achieve optimal performance levels for an enveloping sound impression in every seat regardless of how rough the road conditions might be.

Dynamic driving pleasure with Alfa Romeo and Harman Kardon

In 2015, the first Alfa Romeo vehicle with a Harman Kardon Premium Sound System hit the road, inviting vehicle occupants to sit back and be overcome by the transfixing sound of Harman Kardon. At Geneva, the Italian brand showcases its latest Stelvio and Giulia models offering an all-encompassing 360° music experience through a 14-speaker sound system with Logic7® surround sound technology.

Striking sound courtesy of Harman Kardon

At Geneva Motor Show, the BMW Group will feature three vehicles that are complemented by the refined sound of Harman Kardon and Bowers & Wilkins.

Harman Kardon automotive audio turns driving into a captivating on-the-road listening experience. With distinguished design touches, the audio system mirrors the elegance and premium interior of the BMW Group cars. Debuting at Geneva with Harman Kardon premium audio will be the all new BMW X2, BMW X4 and i8 and i8 Roadster electric vehicles.

Co-engineered by HARMAN’s acoustic team, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System will be featured in diverse BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series sedan models. Bringing together the passion for engineering and design of all three companies, Bowers & Wilkins audio solutions present a truly unique, revelatory audio experience to BMW customers.

The next level of infotainment

A selection of HARMAN’s leading infotainment systems and technologies will also be presented in the BMW models on display in Geneva. The BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation system is seamlessly integrated into the BMW X4, the i8/i8 Roadster, and the 5, 6, and 7 Series, with features that include iDrive, a USB interface, voice control, a built-in 8.8″ colour display, and much more. The BMW X2 is equipped with the BMW Navigation Plus system, which includes such features as the BMW Heads-up Display, a built-in 8.8″ colour screen, an RDS double tuner, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and more. Both the BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation and the BMW Navigation Plus also feature a wide range of helpful services that offer drivers a whole new level of connected comfort and convenience.

Kia provides users with exceptional sound courtesy of Harman Kardon and JBL

Kia customers can look forward to captivating sound experiences brought to them by Harman Kardon and JBL. A force of nature tamed for the road, the Harman Kardon audio system is the perfect match for Kia’s grand turismo fastback sedan, Stinger, that combines exhilarating driving pleasure with premium traveling comfort. Further enhanced by HARMAN’s Clari-FiTM music restoration technology and QuantumLogic® Surround technology, the car offers a sound you willingly surrender to.

When the new Kia Ceed model rolls out to customers across Europe, various versions will feature the invigorating JBL Premium Sound System.With epic sound that draws you in, the 8-speaker JBL system ensures a listening experience as thrilling as the drive.

Maserati, Harman Kardon, and Bowers & Wilkins push the boundaries of audio performance

Harman Kardon and Maserati’s ongoing sound partnership has led to Harman Kardon audio being available in all models, including the 2018 GranCabrio MC on display at the Geneva International Motor Show. Drivers of the Maserati Levante and Ghibli models can opt in for Harman Kardon sound, while equipped as a standard on the Quattroporte, GranTurismo and GranCabrio. A powerful range of impactful sound is released from up to 14 strategically positioned and finely tuned, elegant speakers that let the entirety of the car radiate with the energy of striking sound.

Bowers & Wilkins and Maserati both share the values of engineering excellence, design innovation, and an all-consuming passion for performance. On display in Geneva, the Ghibli SQ4 GranSport Nerissimo and GranLusso, the Levante S GranSport Nerissimo, the Quattroporte SQ4 GranLusso, and the Quattroporte GTS GranSport Nerissimo all feature ground-breaking Bower & Wilkins car audio systems that use highly advanced materials and Hi-Fi technologies for a pristine, detailed sound in every seat.

Mercedes heightens the user experience with infotainment by HARMAN

On display in Geneva, the Mercedes A-Class will showcase the new MBUX (Mercedes Benz User Experience). HARMAN has worked closely with Mercedes to deliver a system that takes the user experience to a new level thanks to technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality, in addition to voice control with natural language processing and new Over-the-Air (OTA) system updates that allow drivers to stay connected without having to visit the dealership.

HARMAN at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Also visit the HARMAN showcase during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show to learn about HARMAN’s integrated approach to a truly rich, digital car experience that is centred around the user and to experience how HARMAN’s production ready in-car audio innovation delivers connected, intelligent and ultra-personalised next-level user experiences for the passenger economy… today.  The HARMAN showcase is located at the Rinspeed booth No. 6240 in hall 6.

‘Click the below link to download the HARMAN In-Car Audio & Infotainment Technical Specification Overview’.

HARMAN In-Car Audio & Infotainment Technical Specification Overview.docx

New HARMAN UX Solutions Deliver Unprecedented In-Car Comfort and Entertainment Experiences at CES 2018

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CES – LAS VEGAS – January 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 Configurable Entertainment and Moodscape, the latest experience-centric lifestyle automotive solutions offering personalized entertainment, comfort and convenience for passengers. Developed on the company’s new HARMAN AudioworX platform, these new solutions deliver intelligently tailored in-vehicle experiences, ushering in a new era of personalization for shared mobility and autonomous vehicles.

“When it comes to their vehicles, today’s consumers are all about the experience and are less concerned about the technology behind it. At HARMAN, we are constantly focused on innovating with the passenger in mind, integrating emerging technology with software-driven audio to provide the effortless, responsive experiences consumers have come to expect,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio for HARMAN. “Moodscape and Configurable Entertainment are perfect examples of how we’re re-inventing what is possible in the vehicle today, as well as for the autonomous future.”

Configurable Entertainment: A Personalized Experience for Every Passenger, Every Ride, Every Day

The sharing economy shows no sign of slowing down, and car ownership trends will continue to shift. Consumers, however, continue to demand seamless connectivity and in-vehicle personalization. These can be sacrificed with today’s ride sharing services, where personalization options are often dictated by owner rather than passenger preferences. Targeted to shared fleet organizations like Uber and Lyft, HARMAN’s proprietary, software-based Configurable Entertainment allows shared mobility providers to offer multiple in-car brand and entertainment experiences through a single set of in-vehicle hardware. This puts the power of personalization back into the hands of ride-share passengers, making every ride an extension of their lifestyle.

With Configurable Entertainment, automakers can further differentiate from competitors and increase overall customer satisfaction by offering consumers a choice of in-vehicle audio brand experiences. For example, one user can select in-vehicle gaming or a heart-pounding concert experience through JBL audio for their ride; while the next passenger – in the same vehicle  – can choose a completely different experience, such as watching a movie or enjoying a more intimate music performance with the refined sound of Harman Kardon to enhance their trip.

Key Features for Configurable Entertainment include:

  • Proprietary Shape-shifting Speakers: In-vehicle speakers transform in real-time to provide different experiences in line with user preferences. For example, a unique sound bar or tweeter can dynamically morph from one audio brand experience to another, both sonically and visually.
  • Unique Industrial Design: Brand-specific visual elements such as logos and speaker grilles can change in real-time to match user preferences.
  • Adaptive Audio EQ’s: Sound tuning will adjust on-demand to deliver the iconic listening experience associated with the user’s preferred audio brand.

Configurable Entertainment leverages HARMAN’s award-winning automotive cloud platform, HARMAN Ignite for seamless connectivity and device management, allowing passengers to personalize in-vehicle entertainment experiences in real-time – a first for the industry. Preferred personal settings can be catalogued, saved on compatible devices and seamlessly deployed for any ride. For automakers, it is an example of how HARMAN provides a complete, end-to-end solution for implementing advanced connected in-vehicle applications and features.

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Moodscape: Focus on the Moments that Matter in your Day

Automakers are placing an increasing emphasis on the vehicle interior as a place for reflection and focus in response to growing consumer interest in wellness and lifestyle optimization. In step with this trend, HARMAN’s Moodscape uses mood-based features to redefine comfort and entertainment in the daily commute.

Moodscape intuitively adjusts the in-cabin audio experience, delivering music with a mood-based EQ and sound levels to help passengers prepare for whatever is next in their day. Additionally, Moodscape features new HARMAN QLED Auto technology, providing a stunning visual experience for passengers through the first-ever automotive QLED vehicle roof application.

Key features of Moodscape include:

  • Music Motivator: Whether heading to a meeting, to a party or to the gym, Music Motivator synchronizes with calendars, identifies GPS routes and analyzes available biometric feedback to build and deliver an audio experience based on passengers’ whereabouts, schedule and energy level – so that wherever they are headed, they arrive focused and ready.
  • Personalized Audio Alerts: Created with safety in mind, Personalized Audio Alerts heightens attention to navigation, traffic and weather incidents through directional audio, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road and respond more quickly to prompts.
  • HARMAN QLED MoodRoof: The passenger’s choice of environmental sounds fills the cabin, complemented by a state-of-the art visual experience through HARMAN’s QLED MoodRoof. Tailor-made for autonomous vehicles, MoodRoof replaces the traditional moon roof with a choice of immersive visual landscapes brought to stunning life by this first-of-its-kind automotive QLED application.

Both Configurable Entertainment and Moodscape will be demonstrated at the HARMAN Showcase at CES 2018.

 

 

Samsung Electronics Expands Commitment to Autonomous Driving Technology

Samsung creates $300 million fund to build on a number of earlier investments in auto-related startups and technologies.

Samsung and HARMAN jointly launch a new Autonomous/ADAS Strategic Initiative, focused on developing innovations for next-generation, smart, connected vehicles

Frankfurt, Germany, and Menlo Park, CA, September 14, 2017 – Today, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., established the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund, a new $300-million fund focused exclusively on the automotive market. The Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund will focus on connected car and autonomous technologies, including smart sensors, machine vision, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, connectivity solutions, automotive-grade safety solutions, security, and privacy.

In addition to the fund, HARMAN, which was acquired by Samsung earlier this year, has established a new Autonomous/ADAS Strategic Business Unit (SBU). The new HARMAN SBU, which will report to HARMAN’s Connected Car division, will work with the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC) Smart Machines team to develop key technologies for safer, smarter, connected vehicles.  The SSIC Smart Machines team is an advanced automotive engineering group dedicated to enabling next-generation mobility solutions.

“During this period of extraordinary transformation in the automotive industry, we are excited to play a leadership role in supporting and shaping the future of smarter, more connected vehicles,” said Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics and Chairman of the Board of HARMAN. “The Autonomous/ADAS Strategic Business Unit and automotive fund reflect the company’s commitment to the values of open innovation and collaboration. In partnership with OEMs and startups, we will make the driver and passenger experience safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable.”

According to the World Health Organization, road injuries are among the top 10 causes of death worldwide.[i] In the U.S. alone, the most recent data suggests that there are more than 35,000 fatal crashes each year.[ii] Samsung’s goal in the automotive market is to tackle this challenge by bringing to market technologies, from sensors to data-processing solutions, that will help make cars safer while creating a more comfortable and convenient mobility experience.

To address the increasing demand for integrated solutions, particularly those for automated driving, Samsung and HARMAN will focus on engineering, high-performance computing, sensor technologies, algorithms, artificial intelligence, as well as connectivity and cloud solutions that enable Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated driving.

“There is already a high demand for ADAS solutions, and that demand is rapidly growing with the advancements in connected cars and autonomous driving,” said Dinesh Paliwal, President and CEO of HARMAN. “This strategic business unit demonstrates Samsung’s and HARMAN’s commitment to answer that call – to be the definitive partner for seamless and integrated technologies. It also reflects the incredible power that Samsung and HARMAN, as a collective force, will bring to our OEM customers as we combine Samsung’s scale and resources with HARMAN’s deep automotive experience and networks. Together, we are driving the future of automotive.”

Industry veteran John Absmeier has been appointed Senior Vice President of the new HARMAN SBU, and will also retain his current role as Vice President of Smart Machines for SSIC. As a leader in both organisations, John Absmeier will ensure seamless collaboration to bring Autonomous and ADAS solutions to the market.

The first strategic investment of the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund will be in TTTech, a leader in functional safety, deterministic networking, real-time systems, and complex software integration for ADAS and automated driving platforms. Earlier investments by Samsung’s existing investment funds have included stakes in automotive startups, including AImotive and Renovo for automated driving; Quanergy, TetraVue, and Oculii for sensors; Autotalks and Valens for connectivity; and Graphcore for high-performance computing.

To date, Samsung has secured licenses for on-road testing of autonomous driving software and hardware under development in Korea and California. Samsung will not enter the car-manufacturing business, remaining focused on working with automakers and mobility enablers to develop the next generation of automotive innovation.

 

 

HARMAN and Automotive OEM Partners Showcase Best-in-Class Audio and Infotainment Solutions at IAA

With innovative audio and infotainment solutions across multiple vehicles and model lines, HARMAN once again reinforces its leadership position as the technology partner of choice for OEMs around the globe, including Audi, Ford, Kia, and its newest partner, Bentley. 

Frankfurt / Main HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is presenting its cutting-edge audio technologies and solutions together with some of the world’s leading automotive OEM partners at this year’s IAA. With its impressive array of high-end solutions on display in many of the world’s premier car lines, HARMAN illustrates its position as the global Car Audio market and technology leader. Among its many Car Audio highlights at the show, HARMAN is unveiling a new partnership between its premium Bang & Olufsen car audio brand and luxury car manufacturer Bentley.

New Bang & Olufsen for Bentley audio – aiming for perfection
Driving a Bentley means more than travelling between locations. With the addition of a luxurious, tailor-made Bang & Olufsen sound system, the new Bentley Continental GT demonstrates how the collaboration between the two brands elevates the in-car sound experience. The Bang & Olufsen speaker design features specially manufactured aluminum elements and illuminated speaker grills, creating unique and immersive moments in the car. The sound system combines 16 high-performance loudspeakers with a powerful 1,500-watt BeoCore Class-D scalable, 16-channel DSP amplifier with Bang & Olufsen BeoSonic for unmatched, realistic sound reproduction.

Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System for the Audi A8
Audi’s new flagship model A8 features luxury acoustics, courtesy of Bang & Olufsen. The Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System includes Symphoria®, a revolutionary rendering solution for 3D surround reproduction developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. Symphoria works side by side with Bang & Olufsen’s multichannel matrix processing and Audi’s unparalleled design elegance for a breakthrough collaboration across audio, acoustics and design. The 3D Advanced Sound System comes with 23 high-performance loudspeakers with a 23-channel, 1920-watt Class D amplifier and the 3D Premium Sound System with 16 premium loudspeakers driven by a 16-channel, 755-watt Hybrid amplifier for a wonderfully realistic three-dimensional listening experience. Thanks to the extension of 3D sound to the rear seats via two additional satellite speakers in the ceiling, everyone is given a truly elevated listening experience. However, the A8 is only one element of the Bang & Olufsen 3D sound partnership with Audi. In total, 22 Audi cars featured at this year’s IAA are equipped with Bang & Olufsen sound solutions.

Ford and B&O PLAY deepen partnership with new models
One more Ford model vehicle, the new EcoSport, will join the Ford Fiesta offering premium sound experiences delivered by the B&O PLAY Sound System. Featuring proprietary HARMAN technologies and tuning capabilities to deliver a richer, more engaging listening experience, the B&O PLAY sound system includes tailored speaker placement and acoustic calibrations for each Ford model. The system’s dynamic tuning ensures optimal sound in the cabin no matter the driving conditions or where someone sits. The sound system features 10 high-performance speakers and is powered by 9 channels and 675 watts using HARMAN DSP technology.

Kia Stinger with Harman Kardon sound
Kia’s high-performance Stinger features an equally powerful sound system courtesy of Harman Kardon. Harman Kardon audio enhances the Stinger driving experience with HARMAN Clari-Fi™ and QuantumLogic® Surround to create a best-in-class sound experience for its passengers. The Stinger sound system includes 15 high-performance speakers, including two subwoofers under the front seats, and is powered by a 720-watt amplifier.

MINI Countryman with powerful Harman Kardon Premium Sound System
Working in close partnership with MINI vehicle developers, HARMAN sound specialists have customised a Harman Kardon hi-fi audio system specifically for the completely redeveloped MINI Countryman. MINI’s biggest small car is a triumph of space, functionality and flair, featuring 12 high-performance speakers, including two subwoofers under the front seats, as well as a 360-watt, Class-D DSP amplifier. The customised Harman Kardon Premium Sound System is providing the MINI Countryman with double audio power than the standard system and is also available for all other current MINIs. No matter what the specific MINI model might be, the system is always perfectly tuned for an exhilarating listening experience with concert feeling during every kind of drive – letting the music tell the story the way artists intended it to be heard.

JBL – smart’s sound solution of choice
With the addition of the new smart electric drive and smart BRABUS models, JBL is now the sound system of choice for all smart models. The JBL premium sound system integrates a flexible, mobile sound system that is perfectly suited to the smart driving and lifestyle experience. Regardless of the music source, every note is played back perfectly through the JBL system, making the listening experience in smart vehicles more powerful and fun. smart forfour vehicles are equipped with 12 loudspeakers, a removable subwoofer in the trunk and an eight-channel DSP amplifier while the smart fortwo model includes eight speakers, a removable subwoofer in the trunk and a six-channel DSP amplifier.

Harman Kardon and Bowers & Wilkins sound systems for Maserati
Customers purchasing a new Maserati Ghibli, Levante, GranTurismo/GranCabrio or Quattroporte are treated to one of two outstanding HARMAN audio systems – either a Harman Kardon premium sound system or a Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System.

The elegant and sophisticated design of the Harman Kardon premium sound system was optimised for each vehicle cabin and perfectly matches the exclusive luxury of a Maserati while embracing the multi-sensory Maserati experience. 10 to 14 loudspeakers, powered by a 12-channel, 900-watt Class-D amplifier, ensure that all occupants experience precise dynamics and excellent sound balance. The Harman Kardon premium sound system is available in the complete Maserati model range: as an option in the Levante or Ghibli and as the standard sound system in the GranTurismo/GranCabrio and Quattroporte.

Bowers & Wilkins engineers share with their counterparts at Maserati a passion for excellence and technological development. This is reflected in the use of exclusive materials like aluminum, Kevlar or Rohacell for the system loudspeakers. The available Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System was designed with the car architecture of each Maserati model in mind. Therefore, everyone in the vehicle can enjoy an unprecedented immersive sound experience courtesy of 15 or 17 speakers and a 16-channel, 1,280 watt Class-D amplifier combined with QuantumLogic® Surround sound processing as well as HARMAN’s Clari-Fi™  music restoration technology.

JBL Professional sound system in the Ferrari Portofino
Ferrari’s newest addition to its sports car family, the Portofino, is referencing one of Italy’s most beautiful towns and reflects its elegance, sportiness, and understated luxury. The same premium standards apply to the Portofino’s audio equipment, a powerful JBL Professional sound system to match the excellence of the car’s automotive engineering. It features 12 high-performance speakers as well as high efficiency transducers receiving input from a 12-channel, up to 1,500-watt Class-D amplifier. The QuantumLogic® Surround sound technology of the system creates an unprecedented 7.1-channel surround sound listening experience from any mono, stereo, or multichannel signal source.

BMW models with fantastic audio systems from Harman Kardon and Bowers & Wilkins
All BMW models are equipped with outstanding HARMAN audio systems, courtesy of either Harman Kardon or Bower & Wilkins. All sound systems feature the latest sound technologies and combine HARMAN’s and BMW’s dedication to detail and perfection to guarantee the highest sound quality possible.

The design of the Harman Kardon Premium sound system is customised for each BMW cabin and is available in a variety of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 Series cars as well as the X1, X4, X5, M2, M3, i3, and i8 models. Harman Kardon is also at the very heart of the outstanding sound experience in the all-new X3, which is celebrating its world premiere at this year’s IAA. The customised sound system enhances the premium driving feel to create a unique sound experience, precise dynamics and an impressive wealth of detail. In addition to a 600-watt Class-D DSP amplifier with Logic7®-Surround, the system features 16 high-performance loudspeakers, including two subwoofers under the front seats.

The Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System is available in various BMW 5, 6, and 7 Series vehicles as well as M5 and M6 models. It is also beautifully integrated into the interior of the all-new 6 Series Gran Turismo, where it redefines what is possible for sound quality within a car. The system was designed exclusively for BMW and features studio-grade acoustic technologies that have never before been seen in a commercial car. The Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System uses exclusive materials like diamond, Kevlar® or Rohacell® for its loudspeakers to create a truly revelatory acoustic experience and Nautilus® spiraling diffusion channels to reduce resonance to a minimum. The system combines 16 speakers with a 10-channel, 1,400-watt Class-D amplifier with QuantumLogic® surround sound processing. The new generation BMW 1 (5-door), 2 Coupé, 3 Touring, 6 GT, M5, X3, and i3 models are all celebrating their world premiere at the IAA.

In addition to providing the finest car audio systems, HARMAN and BMW also continue to revolutionise the in-car infotainment experience to ensure it offers the latest safe, seamless and personalised driving features. E.g., a zoomable HDD-based 3D map navigation is standard, maps are stored on-board and are updated Over-the-Air via a reliable 4G connection. HARMAN and BMW are also the first in the industry to offer Apple CarPlay integration through a wireless connection. Other highlights include 360 surround view capabilities, adaptive cruise control, a multi-color head-up display, intelligent voice control, telematics services, remote services via the BMW Connected App and the BMW TeleService.

Further HARMAN audio systems at IAA 2017
Besides this there will be further Toyota, Lexus and other cars with HARMAN sound systems showcased at this year’s IAA

HARMAN Partners with Google Play Music to Give Customers Music for Everything They Do

Eligible HARMAN customers to benefit from three months of unlimited ad-free trial of Google Play Music 

STAMFORD, CT  August 8th, 2017  – HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets announced it is teaming up with Google to provide music lovers with a free three-month subscription trial of the popular Google Play Music.

Launching across 47 countries in APAC, the Americas and Europe, this multi-year global initiative will be available in August to eligible HARMAN customers and will be promoted in select JBL and Harman Kardon consumer products beginning the 2017 holiday season. Read more about the offer here: www.JBL.com/GooglePlay

Google Play Music delivers the right music for any moment by offering a smarter, easier to use, and much more assistive experience. With a subscription, Google Play Music gives listeners more than 40 million songs for any mood or situation on-demand and ad-free. Google Play Music suggests the right music for you based on the time of day, your preferences, location, activities, mood and more. Plus you can bring up to 50,000 tracks from your personal collection to Google Play Music’s locker.

Google Play Music also comes with access to YouTube Red, for ad-free YouTube, offline and background viewing on mobile, and access to YouTube Originals. (Only in US, AU, NZ, MX).

Thanks to JBL, Harman Kardon, and Google Play Music, listeners will be able to enjoy virtually limitless music, regardless of where they are

HARMAN Pioneers First-Ever Integration of Apple CarPlay Through Wireless Connectivity

The ground-breaking system illustrates synergy between smartphone and embedded infotainment capabilities and is available through select OEMs

STAMFORD, CT HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced the successful commercial implementation of Apple CarPlay integration through a wireless connection, a first for the connected car industry. Through HARMAN’s end-to-end infotainment system, a vehicle’s Bluetooth and WiFi will enable the connectivity required to support CarPlay, creating a greatly enhanced wireless experience for the user. The solution is currently being deployed in the market on HARMAN infotainment systems for a luxury German automaker.

While other implementations of Apple CarPlay have been supported through a USB connection to-date, HARMAN is the first to enable wireless implementation with the iPhone connecting via Bluetooth and data transferring via WiFi. The HARMAN infotainment system provides flexibility between native and CarPlay Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), and allows for simultaneous operation of head unit functionality and CarPlay navigation. The integration of Apple CarPlay provides users the various functions of their iPhone, including calls, music playback, mobile office, and navigation to be controlled through the car’s display. Additionally, the system also allows the use of voice-recognition for a safer, hands-free experience.

“HARMAN continues to deliver options to consumers for seamless integration of multiple mobile ecosystems into our integrated automotive platform,” said Phil Eyler, executive vice president and president, Connected Car, HARMAN. “Whether CarPlay, Android Auto, or any other projection mode solution, HARMAN is the industry leader with pioneering support for these accessory apps.  We look forward to working with automakers to roll out this technology and together with many HARMAN solutions to offer consumers safe, secure, and harmonious driving experiences.”

HARMAN provides the industry’s most complete end-to-end connected car system to provide drivers with intelligent, adaptable and personal solutions in the car. With more than 2,000 patents in all key domains – including safety, design, navigation, connectivity, networking, HMI and more – HARMAN continues to push the boundaries bringing connected car innovations to market that enable new connected experiences, improve driver safety and increase vehicle security.

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HARMAN Unveils The Ultimate In-Car Experience for Intelligent, Intuitive Autonomous Driving at CES 2017

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User experience modes are demonstrated exclusively in the new Rinspeed Oasis concept vehicle

 

CES – LAS VEGAS– January 4, 2017 –  HARMAN International (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced a suite of solutions that make the autonomous driving experience intelligent, safe and intuitive. A series of distinct modes reinvent the in-vehicle user experience by reflecting consumer lifestyle and humanising the autonomous car.

HARMAN’s end-to-end system will be debuted in the newest Rinspeed concept car, Oasis, at CES 2017. Leveraging the HARMAN LIVS suite of technologies (Life-Enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solution), the Oasis offers a glimpse at the future of autonomous driving and how advanced, holistic vehicle intelligence will transform the driving experience. Recognising the many user modes enabled through autonomous vehicles – from work and play, to car sharing and social connectivity – HARMAN engineers have partnered across the industry to enable an intelligent, adaptable and personal suite of solutions in the concept car.

“More than a technology supplier, HARMAN is an inspiration partner to the world’s automakers, and the Oasis is a testament to that vision – a vehicle that is contextual, personalised and highly connected,” said Phil Eyler, president, HARMAN Connected Car. “HARMAN believes autonomy should not equal monotony, and this vehicle offers an integrated cockpit and bleeding edge user interface that advances mobility and connectivity while providing an unparalleled user experience. This results in a driving experience that is more powerful, productive, personalised and protected than ever before.”

“When it comes to the future of automotive technology, HARMAN is in a league of its own with a deep competence in software across mobility, cloud, and analytics domains,” said Ricky Hudi, Founder and Managing Director, Future Mobility Technologies. “As a supplier and partner, HARMAN is enabling more personalised, connected and autonomous driving experiences, all of which are captured in the Rinspeed Oasis.”

Using the HARMAN compute platform, Oasis offers portable personalization with the complete Microsoft Office suite and voice-controlled virtual assistant, enabling advanced in-vehicle productivity to join conference calls, update calendars and more. It also features full-windshield HUD technology and high-resolution 3D maps, offering a future look at the user interface and how drivers and passengers can interact with their cars. Oasis is also highly connected, with IoT integration that offers home-to-car transfers of preferences, and a suite of connected services such as car sharing, social media integration, weather, parking and reservations supported by the HARMAN automotive cloud platform. HARMAN’s state-of-the-art camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems monitor, record and assess the surroundings of the vehicle to round out a driving experience with enhanced safety features.

HARMAN’s vision for the autonomous vehicle user experience includes a series of modes and systems that elevate both the autonomous and manual driving experience, including how the vehicle interacts with drivers and passengers during their time in the vehicle – from autonomous driving to re-engaging drivers upon arrival at a destination. The revolutionary vehicle also features a number of industry-firsts, including:

  • Full Windshield Heads-Up Display: Oasis utilises the full windshield to project navigation prompts and other information to the driver, while also simultaneously projecting entertainment or information to the passenger.

 

  • Autonomous Drive Readiness Check – Handover to Manual: One of the most critical concerns of autonomous vehicles is how to ensure the transition between autonomous mode and manual mode is handled seamlessly. HARMAN’s solution combines haptic feedback, eye gaze tracking, and the driver’s cognitive load readiness through pupil monitoring, to ensure that that the driver is truly engaged and able to safely take control of the steering wheel.

 

  • Augmented Reality Concierge: This solution addresses the need to support increased productivity in the car while minimising distraction. A voice-controlled virtual assistant functions as a concierge, automatically suggesting and displaying personalised points of interest while enabling advanced in-vehicle productivity to join conference calls, update calendars and more. Through Skype connectivity, the system can even translate telephone conversations – in real time — with colleagues speaking different languages.

 

  • Predictive Collision Prevention: V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure) technologies detect objects on a collision course and offer corrective action.

 

  • Intelligent E-Mirrors: Mirrors that are automatically activated/dimmed based on user gaze.

 

With more than 5,600 patents in all key domains, including safety, design, navigation, connectivity, networking, HMI and more, HARMAN continues to push the boundaries bringing connected car innovations to market that enable new connected experiences, improve driver safety and increase vehicle security.

HARMAN at CES 2017
Visit the HARMAN showcase during CES 2017 for demonstrations of the company’s full portfolio of connected car and lifestyle audio systems that elevate the connected life. The HARMAN experience showcase is located at the Hard Rock Hotel. Follow HARMAN online during CES 2017:

 

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $7.0 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR