2011 Geneva: Harman creates world’s first social networking vehicle

Article by Christian A., on March 2, 2011

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 2011 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.

To make driving safer and more comfortable, the Aha Radio application converts text-based digital content to voice and plays it back. With this application, passengers and drivers can monitor traffic, hear Facebook and Twitter updates, listen to streaming music via satellite or the Internet, or play podcasts from their favorite channels.

To actualize the car’s fun and social personality concept, the infotainment system has integrated WiFi to connect the vehicle to the people and places around it via the Internet. HARMAN’s most advanced data streaming protocols allow the vehicle to share digital music with those in and around the BamBoo.

HARMAN, with a full range of smartphone support, allows seamless connectivity among tablet computers from HTC Corporation, Android-based smartphones and the HARMAN in-dash head unit.

This feature enables safe driving as information like SMS texts and e-mails are converted from text-to-speech. As a result, drivers can concentrate on the road and keep their hands on the wheel.

The 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show (Salon international de l'automobile) is set from March 3 to 13, 2011. To be held at the Palexpo, the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is organized by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles.

The Geneva Motor Show made its debut in 1905. The show itself considered as a level playing field for carmakers especially that Switzerland has no auto industry of its own.

The previous iteration of the Geneva Motor Show (80th Salon international de l'automobile) occurred from March 4 to 14, 2010. Among those introduced or displayed in the 2010 edition were the Alpina B3 S, Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, Infiniti M35 Hybrid, Jaguar XKR Special Edition, Koenigsegg Agera, Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, Nissan 370Z Roadster, SEAT Ibiza ST, Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion and Volvo S60.

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