International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung focused on
connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets,
announced today a new platform solution that intelligently integrates
all of a car’s digital displays and the information and services behind
them. HARMAN’s new Digital Cockpit Platform is a scalable and
cost-effective solution that integrates the operation and functionality
of the instrument cluster and center stack infotainment system to
deliver a more seamless user experience.
The increasing digitization of vehicle displays, safety and
entertainment features has often led to a fragmented and confusing user
experience in the car. At the same time, automakers are faced with
managing the increased complexity of these in-car electronics, often
with increased costs for multiple controllers and software solutions to
manage these disparate systems.
HARMAN’s new Digital Cockpit platform addresses these challenges through
a compute platform that is capable of driving multiple functional
domains within the car, including the center displays and infotainment,
instrumentation cluster, advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), audio
and sound management, lighting, e-mirrors, navigation, drive assist, and
even an intelligent personal assistant. The scalable approach allows
Harman to offer cost-effective cockpit solutions addressing the broader
vehicle segments. Additionally, automakers can now use HARMAN’s Digital
Cockpit Platform to offer drivers a vastly improved experience that
harmonizes the visual look and feel between all in-car systems, as well
as improve system flexibility and performance.
HARMAN’s digital cockpit platform was brought to life through rigorous
benchmarking that meets industry requirements for performance, security,
stability and functional safety. Critical vehicle functions are always
prioritized for fail-safe operation enabled by a Type 1 hypervisor. For
increased system protection, a safety-critical real time operating
system is used to drive the instrument cluster and HUD display, while
the rich infotainment and connected experience is powered either by
Android or Linux.
“For too long a car’s integral cockpit components have been fragmented,”
said Phil Eyler, executive vice president and president, Connected Car,
HARMAN. “Our next-generation digital cockpit platform merges critical
elements of the connected car, while keeping ease of deployment and
management top of mind for OEMs and staying committed to providing
drivers with a harmonious and natural interface.”
All of the platform systems can also be “future proofed”, thanks to
HARMAN’s Ignite IoT solution that provides services and over-the-air
(OTA) update capabilities that have been integrated within the platform.
New features and functionality, as well as bug fixes or software
upgrades, can be easily transferred to the car, ensuring that the
in-vehicle experience stays as fresh and current as other aspects of the
driver’s digital life. The entire system is also secured from the
“inside-out” by leveraging HARMAN’s industry-leading 5+1 security
HARMAN is already working with a leading European OEM to deliver a
digital cockpit solution. HARMAN is showcasing the Digital Cockpit
Platform at Auto China Shanghai 2017 in booth 8A02.
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and
solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide,
including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise
automation solutions, and services supporting the Internet of Things.
With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®,
Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles,
musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the
world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped
with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power
billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated
and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile.
HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the
Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.
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