Harman has announced that it is developing a premium automotive infotainment system for entry-level luxury vehicles.
Complementing the Company’s systems for the mid and high luxury market segments, the new platform represents the first global navigation and connectivity offering for entry-level luxury vehicles – including those in the fast-growing Asia markets where a Chinese language navigation module will be offered.
The new Harman system employs advanced System-On-a-Chip (SOC) technology to simplify the integration of multiple infotainment features within a compact, cost-effective package.
Its cutting-edge device connectivity will support wireless integration with smart mobile devices such as iPhone, Blackberry, and Android-based smart phones to deliver mobile office features such as e-mail, SMS text messaging and calendar functions.
Advanced speech processing technology will enable drivers to send and receive messages verbally for safety and convenience.
The system’s navigation module is based on the rapidly-emerging NDS industry standard, to which Harman has been a charter contributor. Along with high-resolution 3-D route graphics, the system will support incremental updates to ensure that drivers have the latest map information along with notifications of construction zones, speed limit restrictions, etc.
Real-time traffic information will also be supported where available to alert drivers to congestion, accidents, or temporary road closures along the programmed route.