Harman has announced its EV Plus+ Solutions, a new audio and communications solutions bundle designed specifically for the fast growing electric vehicle (EV) segment and their eco-conscious owners. The solutions are aimed at overcoming challenges unique to EVs and offer consumers a no-compromise level of entertainment, communication and comfort, flexibly and sustainably, the company said.
There has been a surge for EVs in market but range anxiety continues is a barrier for electric vehicle adoption. Such concerns have made the inclusion of popular in-car features that require a power draw. Leveraging efficient acoustic technologies and cloud-based software innovation, EV Plus+ Solutions aim to solve for those challenges with a scalable, low weight, and reduced complexity system architecture that provides double the acoustic power and performance without impacting range when compared to a traditional audio system with comparable performance.
Integral to EV Plus+ Solutions are three new HARMAN offerings that work together.
Ecotect: An Electric vehicle system design solution that ensures powerful audio performance with half the parts, and boasts reduced weight, reduced complexity and reduced power consumption when compared to a traditional system.
Audio Marketplace: A cloud-based ecosystem powered by HARMAN Ignite, Audio Marketplace allows users to add and update in-vehicle audio, entertainment and communication features on-demand, with the touch of a button.
Software-enabled branded audio: Downloadable, instantly activated and leveraging the Ecotect system components, software-enabled branded audio offers to upgrade from a base audio to a premium branded audio experience in new vehicles – over the air, at the touch of a button.
Through Audio Marketplace, consumers can instantly personalize their in-car offerings to fit their preferences, mood and lifestyle, with experiences including:
NatureScapes: For serene, authentic natural sound scenery from America’s national parks, HARMAN partnered with the National Park Foundation to bring some of America’s most beloved national parks to life inside the vehicle.
Voice-Sensing Volume Fade: For clear and seamless in-car conversations, Voice-Sensing Volume Fade provides EV occupants with technology that can differentiate in-car communication from music.
eESS Safe and Sound: For increased pedestrian safety and external entertainment audio, eESS Safe and Sound projects electronic sound from external speakers at the front and rear of the vehicle to inform pedestrians of an EV’s speed and location. As an added feature, these external speakers can be linked to the vehicle subwoofers to create a full-bandwidth external sound system to enjoy outdoors.
HALOsonic Road Noise Cancellation (RNC): For improved in-cabin comfort it employs acoustic noise cancelling techniques to reduce unwanted road noise inside the vehicle cabin.
HARMAN’s EV Plus+ Solutions are available to OEMs today for in-vehicle integration. EV Plus+ Solutions were also demonstrated at the HARMAN Showcase at CES 2020.