Global audio and infotainment group Harman today announced an expansion of its infotainment portfolio with the new connected radio platform.
Targeted at the mainstream entry-level segment, the new Harman platform delivers a value solution to OEMs including leading-edge mobile content integration features as well as a seamless radio experience for consumers.
“The pervasiveness of today’s mobile devices and connected experiences is fuelling greater consumer demand for easy and safe access to information, entertainment and personalised content in cars,” said Dinesh Paliwal, Harman Chairman, President, and CEO. “We are making it possible for more consumers to enjoy a high-quality infotainment experience as well as making it even simpler and safer to use, thanks to features such as hands-free operation and integration with the user’s own smartphone.”
The unit offers clear benefits to automakers: with the same cost of basic radio, OEMs can add smartphone connectivity with Harman’s AHA radio, turn-by-turn navigation, hands-free phoning via Bluetooth and voice prompts into their vehicles. It also enables companies to meet fast development cycles and delivery.
The connected radio supports a range of external user devices, including USB, SD, MP3 players including iPod, and a wide range of smartphones. Using the same NFC technology employed in Harman’s high-end infotainment products, consumers can easily connect their smartphones with the head unit in-vehicle. The head unit then uses the driver’s preferred navigation app straight from the smartphone.
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