Geneva: Harman shows Connected Car platform and advanced navi
Issue Date: 2016-03-16

Harman announced the European launch of its newest advanced navigation solution, a connected computer platform 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 systems 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.


HARMAN's Life-Enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solution (LIVS) at the Geneva International Motor Show 2016 is bringing together previously discreet or separate connectivity and operational domains under a new, holistic automotive computing platform. LIVS is the industry's most complete end-to-end system to provide drivers intelligent, adaptable and personal solutions in the car. HARMAN LIVS will be demonstrated in the latest Rinspeed concept car – TOS.

"With more than 25 million automobiles on the road with HARMAN connected solutions, HARMAN leads the industry as an end-to-end system integrator for automakers and technology suppliers – under the hood, over the air and in the cabin," said Phil Eyler, President, HARMAN Connected Car. “We are demonstrating the future of driving and it is highly cohesive, personalized, intuitive and adaptive to drivers and passengers. The HARMAN LIVS automotive compute platform integrates all vehicle functions for a holistic and integrated approach to in-car electronics, connectivity and operations."

The HARMAN LIVS technologies that sit at the heart of? TOS are helping to reimagine intelligent driving experiences. Within TOS, HARMAN has delivered a suite of technologies encompassing infotainment, navigation and connected car solutions. These features are capable of learning and anticipating the preferences of vehicle passengers. TOS passengers communicate with the system by voice, hand gestures, physical controls or touch and/or a combination of these technologies based on each passenger's preferences. The interior adapts to the particular driving situation seamlessly.

With more than 2,000 patents in all key domains – including safety, design, navigation, connectivity, networking, HMI and more, HARMAN continues to push the boundaries bringing connected car innovations to market that improve driver safety, increase vehicle security and enable new connected experiences. The latest HARMAN technologies form the essential elements for the LIVS platform and make the intelligent car possible:

Scalable compute platforms adapted individually to the needs of automakers and vehicle segments.

Modular connectivity solutions, providing high-speed networking interface for connectivity both inside and outside the car and can deliver connected services such as weather, parking and reservations.

State-of-the-art camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which monitor, record and assess the surroundings of the entire vehicle.

Intelligent learning navigation and high-resolution 3D maps for high-precision positioning systems including micro-city and micro-parking models; ADASIS e-Horizon to extend drivers range of perception beyond their range of vision using V2X technology.

Personal component configuration in the car with multiple ultra-high resolution displays that can be used in varying configurations to support the best infotainment and entertainment intelligent use case scenarios; LIVS helps the ?TOS raise the visual user experience to an unprecedented level with two curved, ultrahigh-resolution 4K 21.5-inch widescreen monitors and a central HD display that present relevant information to the driver and his or her co-pilots.

Complete office suite for autonomous vehicle mode, which affords the same level of productivity as a stationary office including one-touch video conferencing.

The comprehensive HARMAN 5+1 safety architecture with hypervisor and firewall as an indispensable basis for all technologies and services, including OTA (Over the Air) update capabilities, which helps to protect the connected car from outside threats such as hackers.

HARMAN's LIVS technology is available for demo in the Rinspeed TOS located at the joint booth of HARMAN and Rinspeed at Geneva.