CES 2014, LAS VEGAS – HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), unveiled two new services for the automotive market that leverage the Aha by HARMAN Cloud Platform and HARMAN’s infotainment system design leadership to ensure safe, personalized and connected driving experiences throughout the life of the vehicle. Extending beyond the popular Aha Radio interactive content service, the new Aha Updates and Aha Analytics services take HARMAN’s expertise and investments in cloud infrastructure into new directions.
The new Aha Updates service allows automakers to easily upgrade existing infotainment and audio systems to extend the lifespan of vehicles. This service will allow automakers and drivers to upgrade in-car audio and infotainment systems, connect to cloud-based content more easily and consistently improve embedded software features. Aha Updates will offer consumers a convenient and reliable way to keep vehicle software current, and actually extend system functionality – with emerging applications ranging from toll collection to parking assistance.
Additionally, the new Aha Analytics vehicle and driver insights service will aggregate and analyze information collected through opt-in data sharing from a car’s infotainment and on-board diagnostics. By also then connecting and uploading that data through the Aha by HARMAN Cloud Platform, HARMAN can offer automakers, insurance companies, and other service companies the ability to analyze usage patterns, enhance vehicle maintenance and improve driver safety. The new Aha Analytics offering will aggregate vehicle specific data to support a wide array of applications including reliable safety and lost vehicle services, location services and map updates, and even remote vehicle diagnostic monitoring capabilities.
“At CES, HARMAN is showcasing exciting new solutions that upgrade, connect, and improve the infotainment and audio experiences for vehicles on the road today,” said David Slump, president, HARMAN Automotive Services. “Thanks to the rapid pace of technology innovation and adoption of new connected consumer experiences, vehicles become outdated quickly from a driver experience perspective. HARMAN is essentially future-proofing vehicles for our OEM customers by introducing a cloud platform that delivers value throughout the entire vehicle lifecycle.”
The benefits of Aha Updates and Aha Analytics services for automakers include lower warranty and customer care costs by reducing dealership visits, increased consumer software update take-rates and higher customer satisfaction through a more convenient update process, higher quality software and access to new features.
HARMAN at CES 2014
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About Aha by HARMAN
Aha is an interactive service of HARMAN International Industries that makes Web content as easy and safe to use as radio. Aha uses the Harman Cloud Platform to organize content from the Web into personalized radio stations that consumers can listen to from anywhere — at home, on the go, or safely from the driver's seat. By the end of 2013, Aha will be installed into vehicles by more than 10 automotive manufacturers, which in total represent more than 50 percent of all cars sold in the USA/Canada and up to 30 percent in Europe, including Acura, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Porsche and Subaru. The Aha platform and service was started in 2008 in Silicon Valley by a group of Web and multimedia veterans with a shared passion for delivering an "always on" audio experience to connect drivers to the content they really want. HARMAN, the company that designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, acquired Aha in September 2010. For more information, visit www.aharadio.com or find Aha on Facebook and Twitter.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.