GENEVA – HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), is staging the European premiere of its new next-generation scalable in-vehicle infotainment platform. Based on innovative system architecture, the platform enables rapid development of connected car apps while protecting the integrity of the system against cyber security threats. This new platform offers an HTML-5-based application environment for rapid development and deployment of rich connected apps and with state-of-the-art network security technologies to ensure system security. In addition, the system uses separate computing domains using type 1 hypervisor for securing critical vehicle functions from errant or malicious software for “automotive grade” robustness that is the first of its kind in the industry. And lastly, this next-generation architecture also integrates advanced driver assist functions such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and other safety features into the infotainment system to bring sensor-based safety features to a wide range of vehicles through a higher level of system integration. HARMAN’s innovative new infotainment platform is now ready for implementation into vehicles, and drivers can expect the system to be on the road within the next two years.
Connected Car Application Platform
“With smartphones and tablets, people are now accustomed to customizing their mobile computing experience through downloadable apps. In-vehicle infotainment has traditionally not offered this capability – even though cars are increasingly connected,” says Sachin Lawande, president, HARMAN Infotainment Division. “We’re excited to start this transformation with our next-generation scalable infotainment platform. This new platform offers users the customizability and upgradability they know from other devices.”
To provide users with a wide range of choices of applications, HARMAN will offer an app store on the established HARMAN Cloud Services Platform, as well as work with OEMs to provide OEM-hosted solutions.
Automotive Grade Security
As cars become more connected, car hacking is becoming a serious threat that is forcing the industry to consider how to protect vehicles against cyber-attacks. The next-generation HARMAN infotainment system resolves this challenge by using type 1 hypervisor on multi-core processors to implement two separate system domains that are isolated from each other. One domain manages critical car functions such as vehicle network communication, and the second domain handles infotainment applications such as navigation and Internet access. The infotainment domain is securely firewalled from the vehicle domain, preventing any impact on safety-relevant features in the car. In addition, HARMAN has implemented advanced security techniques such as secure boot and data encryption. The combination creates a Trusted Infotainment Architecture that offers unmatched security.
The multi-processor architecture, combined with the hypervisor-based separation of domains, also enables the HARMAN platform to take an innovative approach to offer driver assistance and safety. Instead of using separate devices for infotainment and advanced driver assistance capabilities such as lane departure warning and collision warning systems, the innovative HARMAN system integrates both into the same platform. ADAS software from HARMAN is seamlessly integrated with infotainment software to offer a suite of camera-based ADAS apps that leverage the computing resources of the platform to reduce cost and extend these safety apps to a wider range of vehicles.
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HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.