Published: November 6, 2014 | United States
Harman International, which won a $900 million contract from General Motors in 2012 to supply a next-generation infotainment system. Harman’s system will be based on Android, and is scheduled to launch in GM vehicles in late 2016, Harman CEO Dinesh Paliwal revealed discussing quarterly earnings.
“As you would expect, this next-generation infotainment solution will enable an app store, which allows this infotainment system to stay technologically relevant over the life cycle of the vehicle. Apps will be developed by General Motors, Harman and a bunch of other third parties, not just Google and Apple.” – Harman CEO, Dinesh Paliwal
According to Hraman, GM would be the first car company to launch vehicles using Harman’s new operating system, though other automakers could adopt it “one life cycle behind.”
“General Motors is an industry leader in connected car technologies,” a spokesman said, noting that GM launched 4G LTE cellular connections in 30 of its models in 2014 and was among the first automakers to incorporate Apple Inc.’s voice-activated Siri service into its vehicles. “We are excited about the future of this space but we do not comment on future products and technologies.”
However GM is unlikely to consolidate all of its vehicles on a single operating system. But by adopting Android, with its vast network of software developers, GM could gain an edge. GM has been very clear right from the top about its priorities in the area of connected-car technologies, and Hraman is ready to play an important role in their ecosystem.
Experts saw GM’s decision to delay the service as a reaction to Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto, which allow drivers to access apps on a car’s infotainment screen by pairing an iPhone or an Android smartphone with the car. GM has said it will offer both, but has not said in which models they will debut.
Source: Automotive News