Published: March 04, 2015 | Geneva Motor Show, Switzerland
HARMAN is addressing the full spectrum of vehicle segments, including entry- to mid-level cars, with its automotive-grade services platform, smartphone integration technologies such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, connected navigation, Road Noise Cancellation, OTA Updates and many more.
Cars with “Harman Inside”
Harman is delivering its advanced blend of superior navigation, connectivity and infotainment to a range of models for a safer, more enjoyable driving experience. Among these models include the Ferrari 488 GTB, Audi R8 & Q7, BMW 1-Series, Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes GLE Coupe´.
Quieting the road with RNC
Road Noise Cancellation (RNC) minimizes unwanted low frequency broadband noise that is transmitted from road surfaces into the vehicle cabin through tires, suspension, and vehicle body components. Based on the principle of “anti-noise”, RNC uses accelerometers placed strategically along the path of noise transfer to provide a reference signal to generate an anti-noise sound wave that is output through the vehicle’s standard audio system, thereby creating a more quiet and comfortable cabin. Additionally, the technology enables OEMs to pursue measures to improve vehicle weight and handling without impacting interior noise levels. Moreover, RNC features HARMAN’s patented True Audio technology to ensure that in-cabin audio remains unaffected by noise cancellation.
RNC is part of the award-winning HALOsonic technology suite of active noise management solutions, which was developed to tackle the acoustic challenges within the unique automotive environment of traditional, electric and hybrid cars.
Personalizing the in-cabin sound
Another innovative audio technology having its European debut at the 2015 Geneva show is HARMAN’s Individual Sound Zones (ISZ) technology. This technology enables drivers and passengers to create sonic zones between individuals for the ultimate personalized car audio experience. The solution can help to reduce the clutter of different sounds in the car – from navigation commands to phone calls and music – ensuring that all occupants in the vehicle hear only what matters to them.
The ISZ technology can be integrated into any HARMAN in-car audio system via the amplifier, providing automakers limitless possibilities to further enhance in-car listening experiences. It is available now to all automakers.
Connected navigation and OTA map updates
With HARMAN’s recent acquisition of Red Bend Software, a leading provider of software management technology for connected devices, and over-the-air (OTA) software and firmware upgrading services, the company plans to position Red Bend software as the de facto standard for OTA software services for mobile devices and automotive applications.
Incremental updates of map data for rich navigation systems are critical to keep vehicle infotainment systems current in the field. Due to the inherent complexity of the highly co-related and complex map data, current solutions are not able to offer this capability. HARMAN’s OTA map update technology is the first high-end navigation solution on the market based on the Navigation Data Standard, or NDS. This end-to-end solution parses the map data to ensure that only the specific information needing updating is sent to the infotainment system, resulting in optimized data download requirements and faster updates. These updates take place in the background, imperceptible to the driver and without loss of infotainment system performance.
HARMAN will also showcase at the Geneva Motor Show a new “floating” car data framework (FCD), which collects and aggregates camera, sensor and on-board diagnostics (OBD) data and integrates it with both on-board and off-board systems. This technology can be seen in the new Rinspeed Budii concept car.
Protecting System Integrity through Cyber Security
HARMAN’s premium embedded infotainment solution directly addresses industry car hacking and cyber-attack concerns for connected vehicles. HARMAN’s system supports a HTML5-based application environment with enhanced security delivered through hypervisor-based domain separation. Critical vehicle functions are protected from errant or malicious software for “automotive grade” robustness.
HARMAN’s hyper-visor technology solutions separate and isolate the different software domains within the infotainment system. This isolation adds another layer of security on top of the network-level security that is used in current connected devices. Virtualization ensures that any threat that has managed to pass through network security technology will still not be able to affect the critical vehicle functions that are running in a separate domain.
The HARMAN virtualization solution is custom-designed to work with the specific use cases of automotive infotainment systems. It offers the best combination of system performance while keeping critical functions and resources isolated within the system. Furthermore, HARMAN’s system architecture supports the latest car apps and platforms, such as Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, while protecting the integrity of the infotainment system against cyber security threats.