IFA 2015, BERLIN – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced the JBL Trip, a new in-vehicle portable communication and entertainment system that offers superior sound and functionality while in the car or on-the-go. Trip allows drivers to make hands-free phone calls, listen to their favorite music and hear navigation voice prompts with exceptional clarity due to its proprietary active noise canceling technology. JBL Trip, the first in a line of new accessories from JBL, answers customers’ needs for convenience, portability and simplicity in a car speaker system, all at an affordable price.
Through the years, not only have vehicles changed, but consumer behavior and needs have evolved. Consumers want to manage different content – from mapping technology to streaming music and phone calls – all in their cars. Also, while many vehicles now come with navigation systems and Bluetooth compatibility already built-in, the majority of vehicles on the road do not have this capability. The evolution of what consumers want in their car, in addition to hands-free laws, has created a demand for functional audio solutions. JBL combined its knowledge of portable speakers with precision audio for the automotive market to create JBL Trip.
With no-installation necessary, JBL Trip works right out of the box and can easily be clipped to a car’s visor. Its effective noise-cancellation means phone calls even when the windows are down and can be operated by voice command. Additionally, the JBL Trip can be removed from the car to continue a call or a playlist, making it the perfect portable device for travel.
“We have been making premium audio systems for consumers and the auto market for over 67 years,” said Jeffery Fay, VP and GM of Aftermarket Services at HARMAN. “Our JBL Trip is no exception to our commitment to offering our customers superior sound at an affordable cost. Additionally, the functionality of this portable speaker adapts to what consumers want now in their vehicles.”
The JBL Trip offers the following features and functionality:
Bluetooth capability: with a smartphone paired via Bluetooth, drivers can easily hear navigation prompts, ADAS alerts from iOnRoad, stream music and conduct hands-free phone calls with crystal clear accuracy.
Dual noise cancelling microphone: eliminates background noise and makes for clear phone calls both in and out of the car.
Voice control: for SIRI or Google speech, voice control makes operation both intuitive and simple.
Advanced portability: lets drivers finish their conversation or playlist in the hotel, office or home.
Magnetic mounting system: attaches to a vehicle visor quickly and easily with no installation required.
Rechargeable battery: exceptional battery life provides more than 8 hours of wireless music, 20 hours of talk and 800 hours on standby.
Pricing & Availability
The JBL Trip is available from mid October for 99.99 Euro at select retailers or visit www.JBL.com.
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 connected services. 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. The Company's 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 27,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.2 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.