GIMS 2019 – GENEVA – March 5, 2019 HARMAN , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced a new product – Smart Delta for Maps for connected vehicles. This new product will allow car manufacturers to push new HD Maps updates in greater frequency, so drivers can benefit from up-to-date information, such as available parking spots or recent road works in near real-time.

The new resource-efficient product, which is part of the company’s industry leading Over-The-Air (OTA) solution, resolves major challenges Smart Delta for Maps face currently - limited size updates, and difficulties in updating over intermittent LTE or Wi-Fi Coverage. HARMAN’s new solution can reduce the size of a map update to as low as 2.5% of the original size of the full map image in a failsafe and secure manner. HARMAN has re-engineered the update process, which typically take days, to occur near real-time with this new product.

“The maps we use on our smartphones today are suitable for consumers who can understand simple navigation instructions.  However, as we move to Level 3 or 4 semi-autonomous vehicles, the need to make decisions on the road, will increase and will require more detailed and accurate maps. HARMAN’s new Smart Delta for Maps for Connected vehicles, will allow OEMs and map providers to dramatically reduce the size of map updates using this technology, and by extension reduce the cost, transfer and amount of storage required on the vehicle,” said Oren Betzaleli, Senior Vice President, Software Platforms, Connected Services, HARMAN.

Maps can take upwards of 8 to 20GBs of data. HARMAN’s new Smart Delta for Maps can seamlessly integrate with a map provider’s OTA service, allowing the OEM to leverage this new technology and continuously keep their customers’ Navigation System up-to-date. Irrespective of the frequency of the map update releases and location, Smart Delta technology enables automotive OEMs and map companies to provide up-to-date map content across fleets and to multiple individual customers regardless of the OTA solution they use.

HARMAN Remote Vehicle Updating Service (OTA) with the new Smart Delta for Maps product are designed to provide a reliable and superior user experience through the following features:

  • New, built-in Smart Delta technology
  • Support of various maps based on Navigation Data Standard (NDS)
  • Advance connected urban driving with efficient Point of Interest (PoI) updates
  • Update only new data within the layer(s) of a map


We invite you to visit HARMAN during GIMS 2019 for demonstrations of the company’s full portfolio of connected car and lifestyle audio systems that elevate the connected life. You can find HARMAN at the Rinspeed booth No. 6240 in Hall 6.

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HARMAN Ignite is an end-to-end cloud platform that supports various use cases by providing connectivity, application enablement, analytics and managed services capabilities. It allows automakers, dealers, suppliers and services providers to easily introduce, deploy, manage, personalize and monetize innovative cloud applications. With HARMAN Ignite 3.0 OEMs and automakers can create immersive driving experiences by infusing the best of connected life – a vehicle centric-marketplace, an automotive-based virtual assistant, enhanced navigation and more – into onboard infotainment systems. As a result, manufacturers are equipped with a seamless and secure way to introduce new revenue-generating services to customers, while consumers can enjoy a more connected experience behind the wheel.


HARMAN ( 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 50 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 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.