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The rivalry among automakers to create the most sophisticated and intuitive vehicle interior is at an all-time high. But there’s one name that stood out at CES. Technology company Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung, has shown us what the future could be. At the 2018 CES event, Harman launched its new Digital Cockpit Concept. It has certainly caught a lot of attention with its superb execution.
Firstly, Harman decided to lose the standard central infotainment screen that you see in most vehicles today. And to replace that, they added a massive, retractable display that stretches from the center of the dashboard, all the way to the passenger door instead. While this isn’t the first time for this kind of design to be unveiled, it is by far the best that we’ve seen. It comes with a huge QLED screen that gives both the driver and the passenger access to control it, choose options, and customize it to how they personally want it. Passengers of this car will never be bored.
What makes it even more practical is the fact that two people can simultaneously use the single screen. In other words, the passenger can use it to play games, browse through the internet, or stream videos, at the same time the driver utilizes the navigation information or music. As for the design, it may look like one massive QLED screen in the centerpiece, but it is actually made of a number of smaller OLED screens that can barely be distinguished throughout the cabin.Read the entire article Harman Digital Cockpit displayed at 2018 CES could be the future of luxury cars
For $156 million, Harman Industrial Industries Inc. has completed its acquisition of Bang & Olufsen Automotive. The deal was first announced last March by Harman, which supplies infotainment, audio and software services. Bang & Olufsen Automotive is a known supplier of audio products to luxury automakers.
In a Bloomberg report last March, we learned that it will cost Harman a total of 145 million euros ($156 million) to acquire the unit as well as pay for the technology license fees. Bang & Olufsen A/S shared that it intends to sell its automotive sound-system business to Harman International Industries Inc. (U.S. maker of JBL audio equipment) as it undergoes a reorganization to concentrate on consumer electronics.
After the announcement was made, the stock of Bang & Olufsen stock rose to its highest level in nearly 25 years. In a separate report, Bang & Olufsen said that it will sell its minority stake in drug-dispensing equipment maker Medicom and is considering options for its ICEpower amplifier unit.Read the entire article Harman Industrial acquires Bang & Olufsen for $156 million
Harman International Industries is targeting annual sales of up to $250 million in Russia by 2016, waging on the renewed growth in the automobile market, Dinesh Paliwal, the company’s chief executive officer, disclosed in an interview with Reuters on Monday.
The company is one of the largest audio system manufacturers in the world and is known for brands like Infinity, Mark Levinson, Harman Kardon and JBL. Last year, the company obtained total sales of $3.4 billion worldwide.
According to Paliwal, the vehicle industry in Russia is “growing very fast” and selling premium audio system in the vehicle is also a “very big automarket business.” He further disclosed that the vehicle audio system generally comprises 70 percent of the company’s revenues while the rest come from consumer and professional audio systems.Read the entire article Harman wants to get its sales in Russia up to $250 million within 5 years
HARMAN, a global audio and infotainment company, will help create the Rinspeed BamBoo electric concept car, which is going to be the world’s first social networking vehicle. At the Geneva Motor Show, HARMAN showcased the connectivity solutions that balance convenience, safety, and driving enjoyment, together with HARMAN’s GreenEdge energy efficient audio solutions and HALOsonic technologies for electric vehicles.
HARMAN is doing this in response to the needs of consumers for an increasingly networked and greener lifestyle. With HARMAN’s latest scalable infotainment platform, a number of connectivity and networking options were accommodated in the system to bring the BamBoo to life.
The infotainment head unit consists of HARMAN’s Aha Radio technology, which uses its patent-pending predictive search technology and intuitive voice technologies to help reduce distractions in accessing social media and online content.Read the entire article 2011 Geneva: Harman creates world’s first social networking vehicle
The 2011 Kia Optima features a purpose-built 12-speaker premium audio system from Harman’s Infinity brand. Global audio and infotainment group Harman has been a partner of Kia Motors for 11 years now. This midsize sedan, which is slated to start selling later this year, is equipped with a powerful 550 Watt amplifier and advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) from the Infinity audio system.
It also features multiple sources and formats, including SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and iPod and MP3 players using the built-in auxiliary and USB jacks.
Strategically placed in eight locations, the 12 Infinity speakers include two cloth-domed tweeters and two Metal Matrix Diaphragm midrange speakers for heightened sonic accuracy and highly dynamic response.Read the entire article 2011 Kia Optima receives Infinity Premium Audio System from Harman
Harman, a maker of audio and infotainment systems, has recently introduced the new Kardon Logic7 HD system that’s built exclusively for the Range Rover Autobiography.
The Harman Kardon Logic7 HD system is offered as standard on the limited edition version of the SUV and is also an option across the entire Land Rover model range. Harman Kardon and Land Rover collaborated in making this new system.
The partners celebrated their 16th year of cooperation last June with an event at the recording studios of music icon Mark Knopfler. This event also marks the first demonstration of the Kardon Logic7 HD system. In fact, Grammy winning Producer Steve Levine produced two tracks that were performed by Ivor Novello nomineeRead the entire article Range Rover models receive the exclusive Harman Kardon Logic7 HD audio system
Harman will be the official supplier of automotive audio and infotainment systems for both Fiat and Chrysler, further strengthening its status in the industry.
This development has been announced only a month after a similar agreement was entered with BMW. In particular, Harman will supply the next-generation infotainment platform, complete with advanced connectivity, integrated on-board navigation and audio tuning capabilities to Fiat and Chrysler. There are very few details available on this system.
It has also yet to be disclosed when this new system is expected to debut. In a release, Harman CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal said that he is delighted to extend the company's long-standing relationship with Chrysler Group to Fiat.Read the entire article Harman to supply integrated infotainment systems for Chrysler and Fiat vehicles
Italy's Magneti Marelli S.p.A. and US-based Harman International Industries Inc. will supply the next-generation entry-level infotainment system to BMW AG. In a joint statement, the suppliers said that the system will be seen in BMW's new vehicle platforms.
According to industry sources, this technology will be used on BMW and Mini models beginning in 2013. BMW said that it will debut its new front-wheel and four-wheel-drive architecture on the third-generation Mini hatchback.
The new multimedia-driven system will combine Magneti Marelli's open platform with Harman's connectivity and mobile office features.Read the entire article Bmw’s next-gen infotainment system will be built by Harman and Magnetti Marelli
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