CES: Harman works with Microsoft on Connected Car services
Issue Date: 2016-01-21

Harman announced a connected car collaboration with Microsoft at CES 2016. This project will introduce new mobile productivity services, as well as utilize existing products, services and technologies, including cloud platforms, telematics and driver productivity, to offer better convenience, safety and reliability for drivers and greater operating efficiency for auto manufacturers. Most importantly, the collaboration will integrate key elements of Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite capabilities into HARMAN infotainment systems.

This collaboration is a first for Microsoft in the connected car space and represents a new emphasis on productivity within the car. With access to relevant Office 365 services through intelligent personal assistant software, drivers can complete tasks without compromising safety, including scheduling meetings, hearing and responding to emails, automatically joining conference calls without having to manually input the phone number and passcode, and seamlessly managing events and tasks throughout the day. Drivers will also be able to hold Skype calls and conferences when in park, or on the road with autonomous vehicles. In addition, with HARMAN's over-the-air (OTA) incremental update capabilities, the most current version of Office 365 will always be accessible to drivers.

"Working with Microsoft is a natural fit for HARMAN as we continue our track record of making the car more sophisticated, productive and intelligent," said Phil Eyler, president, HARMAN Connected Car. "Drivers want an immersive, and personalized experience in the car. Increasingly, that includes strong demands for richer productivity. This collaboration will bring these functionalities to market with, importantly, great reliability, security and minimal driver distraction."

"Bringing the power of Office 365 into HARMAN's connected car systems will provide new productivity solutions and transform the driving experience," said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. "By ensuring that Office 365 services are seamlessly integrated with car and driver telematics and performance data, we will allow consumers to be more productive during their driving hours, while enjoying far greater convenience, safety and reliability."

Cloud-based services delivery platform

Harman also announced at CES its cloud-based service delivery platform for the connected car. The platform allows automakers and service providers to introduce and easily deploy new enterprise cloud services to connected vehicles. This new platform is the latest offering from HARMAN that targets the existing and future demands for scalability, security, and flexibility in the provisioning of connected car services for automakers and their customers.

HARMAN's Service Delivery Platform enables the launch of a variety of services including new software features after vehicle sale, vehicle data to predict part failures, forecasting for preventative maintenance, and analysis of warranty claims. It is a powerful, comprehensive framework with a collection of core services, third party services and management features, fully integrated with vehicle systems and updated seamlessly over the air.

HARMAN Service Delivery Platform includes a collection of managed and SAAS services available to automakers, including, but not limited to:

·OTA Campaign Management (by HARMAN Redbend)

·Vehicle Diagnostics

·Remote Control

·Connected Infotainment

·Connected Navigation

Among the first new service providers for HARMAN Service Delivery Platform is HERE, a leader in mapping and location technology which enables rich, real-time location applications and experiences for consumers, vehicles, enterprises and cities. Automakers can now deploy HERE Real Time Transport Protocol Experts Group (TPEG) Traffic through the HARMAN Platform. HERE Real Time TPEG Traffic delivers up to the minute information about traffic conditions and incidents that could cause delays, including slower than normal traffic flow, road works and accidents – improving the accuracy of arrival times.

From data analytics and OTA campaign management, to billing and provisioning, to content delivery, HARMAN's comprehensive service delivery platform allows automakers to introduce their own customized services for drivers and passengers faster than ever.

Navigation with data fusion

Harman also used CES 2016 to introduce its newest advanced navigation solution, a connected computer platform solution that combines data intelligence with premium navigation. Taking navigation to a new level for consumers, HARMAN's latest navigation solutions will integrate state-of-the-art route guidance instructions with connected safety information via a combination of embedded and cloud based services.

Leveraging the cloud to provide network-wide machine learning capability, HARMAN will now have the ability to create dynamic map layers on top of standard supplier-based maps to deliver the most personalized and accurate route guidance experience. HARMAN's advanced navigation solution is fully customizable to receive any type of sensor data from the car: GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, LIDAR, camera, etc. Using advanced on-board map localization algorithms, HARMAN can upload an important part of the data collected to a backend server.

HARMAN's cloud data intelligence server is scalable to support millions of simultaneous transactions. Applying deep learning spatial techniques, HARMAN offers network-wide insights on what is different and what is relevant for each and every participating vehicle via continuous, lightweight dynamic map updates. For example, the solution informs cars within a certain area about an approaching emergency vehicle so the driver can proactively yield or assist to remedy a life-threatening situation.

Leveraging HARMAN's industry best Over-the-Air Navigation Data Standard (OTA NDS) incremental updates technology, HARMAN's latest solution provides a flexible and highly efficient dynamic map update distribution framework that can enable critical content delivery. By understanding more about what is ahead on the road, drivers can make critical decisions faster, helping to improve road safety. Through the advanced navigation solution, the car will receive real-time information about speed limits, traffic lights, dangerous road conditions and even high-risk behavior of surrounding vehicles, which can then be distributed to any driver assistance subsystem using standard based solutions such as ADASIS. In addition, this real-time information can provide drivers data about available parking spots nearby on the road or in the parking-garage.