Microsoft and HARMAN announce a connected car collaboration

Στην CES η Harman και η Microsoft ανακοίνωσαν μια συνεργασία στην οποία οι δύο εταιρίες φέρνουν χαρακτηριστικά του Office 365 στα συστήματα ενημέρωσης και ψυχαγωγίας του αυτοκινήτου. Σύμφωνα με τις δύο εταιρίες, η συνεργασία ανάμεσά τους θα επιτρέψει στους οδηγούς να πάρουν με ασφάλεια επιχειρηματικές συμφωνίες στο μέλλον, ενώ βρίσκονται μέσα στο αυτοκίνητό τους, κάνοντας τους ανθρώπους πιο παραγωγικούς κατά τις ώρες που βρίσκονται μέσα αυτοκίνητο. 

Η τεχνολογία επιτρέπει στους οδηγούς να προγραμματίζουν συναντήσεις, να ελέγχουν τα emails τους, να κάνουν κλήσεις συνδιάσκεψης και Skype, όλα αυτά ενώ βρίσκονται μέσα στο αυτοκίνητο. Οι περισσότερες από τις λειτουργίες αυτές ενεργοποιούνται είτε όταν το αυτοκίνητο είναι σταματημένο, είτε όταν έρθει η στιγμή που τα αυτόνομα αυτοκίνητα θα γίνουν μέρος της ζωής μας. Μέχρι να συμβεί όμως αυτό, αισθητήρες κίνησης, αναλαμβάνουν ώστε οι παραπάνω λειτουργίες να είναι διαθέσιμες μόνο όταν το αυτοκίνητο είναι σταματημένο. Στόχος της Harman είναι να τοποθετήσει το Office 365 στην επόμενη γενιά συστημάτων ενημέρωσης και ψυχαγωγίας, τα οποία θα περάσουν στη παραγωγή μέσα στους επόμενους 12 με 18 μήνες.

HARMAN Demonstrates First Pupil-Based Driver Monitoring System

Η Harman παράλληλα στην CES παρουσίασε ένα σύστημα που παρακολουθεί τον οδηγό και είναι σε θέση να διαπιστώσει το πότε αυτός έχει μεγάλη διάσπαση προσοχής. Το σύστημα παρακολουθεί τις κόρες των ματιών του οδηγού και μέσω αλγορίθμου μπορεί να καταλάβει το αν ο οδηγός είναι προσηλωμένος στο να οδηγεί ή δεν έχει τα μάτια του στον δρόμο. Τέλος η εταιρία παρουσίασε και ένα φορητό Bluetooth ηχείο.

Infinity Voyager Drive lifestyle audio system

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HARMAN AND MICROSOFT TO BRING DRIVER PRODUCTIVITY TO THE GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

Collaboration announced at CES 2016 streamlines functionality between HARMAN Connected Car Systems and Microsoft Productivity Services 

CES 2016, LAS VEGAS  – January 5, 2016 – HARMAN (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, announced a connected car collaboration with Microsoft Corp. at CES 2016. This project will introduce new mobile productivity services, as well as utilise 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 personalised 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.”

HARMAN CONTINUES TO DRIVE INNOVATION FOR IN-CAR AUDIO WITH REVOLUTIONARY PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER SYSTEM AT CES 2016

New connected, personalised, and adaptive car audio solutions demonstrated at the HARMAN Showcase located at the Hard Rock Hotel   

CES 2016, LAS VEGAS   January 5, 2016 – HARMAN International Industries (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is introducing its latest Car Audio innovations at CES 2016. Drawing from its 60-plus years of experience in acoustic design and signal processing, as well as proven technologies from each of its four divisions, HARMAN is demonstrating its breakthrough solution – the seamless, scalable Infinity Voyager Drive lifestyle audio system. The system leverages next-generation connectivity capabilities, building on the principles of personalisation and adaptability to create unprecedented in-cabin audio experiences for today’s consumers.

The Infinity Voyager Drive solution is a revolutionary, full-range portable Bluetooth speaker system personalised to fit consumers’ on-the-go lifestyles in and out of their vehicle. Designed specifically with today’s always-connected consumers and music lovers in mind, Voyager Drive is a unique lifestyle audio system that pops into and out of the vehicle dashboard to seamlessly follow consumers from their car, to the house, the beach, campsite, or anywhere else their journey may take them.

A completely new approach to in-vehicle audio, Voyager Drive brings branded car audio to new markets with the first-of-its-kind scalable, versatile audio system designed specifically for entry-segment vehicles.  Leapfrogging the constraints of traditional door speaker and head unit architectures, Voyager Drive gives OEMs the ability to offer cost-effective and low-complexity branded audio solutions for this fast-growing segment as well as for emerging markets, making lifestyle audio available to customers that previously have not had access. What’s more, Voyager Drive’s Bluetooth connectivity allows for over the air (OTA) content updates to ensure that the latest entertainment options are always accessible and up to date.

“Automakers recognise that premium audio can be an effective way to differentiate their vehicles and appeal to new customers, and they are looking for next-generation features that go beyond traditional sound reproduction,” said John Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Car Audio for HARMAN. “With our industry-leading technology solutions across a range of categories, HARMAN is uniquely positioned to deliver this level of innovation and experience. We are redefining the concept of automotive audio as adaptive and tailored to each individual in ways never before possible and, for the first time, we are extending these experiences beyond the vehicle to seamlessly connect music to more elements of consumers’ daily lives.”

Voyager Drive is designed to appeal to the fast growing segment of young consumers who demand portability and personalisation without compromising quality. On its own, Voyager Drive provides a best-in-class listening experience to entry segment vehicles through a detachable wireless speaker and six dynamic in-dash speakers. The system can be expanded at any time with the addition of Voyager Drive+, a removable car bass box that functions as a full-range portable audio system in and out of your vehicle.

In addition, the Voyager Drive lifestyle audio system offers a host of advanced technologies that connect your music to your life and enhance your on-the-go lifestyle in ways never before possible, including:

  • Connectivity capability from HARMAN’s AMX brand that links your music to lighting and other atmospheric elements in your home or vehicle to amplify your experience and reinforce your mood;
  • Wide, immersive, size-defying sound made possible by Dirac Panorama sound stage technology for an improved in-vehicle listening experience;
  • Built-in speakerphone functionality with advanced microphones and SoundClear® echo noise cancellation technology so your calls come through loud, clear and hands-free.

With its combination of advanced technologies only a company like HARMAN can provide, Voyager Drive truly shifts the traditional car audio paradigm to bring branded lifestyle audio to an entirely new segment of vehicles.

HARMAN at CES 2016 Visit the HARMAN showcase during CES 2016 for demonstrations of the company’s full portfolio of connected car and lifestyle audio systems that enable the connected life. The HARMAN experience showcase is located at the Hard Rock Hotel. Follow HARMAN online during CES 2016:

About HARMAN 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.

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HARMAN DEMONSTRATES FIRST PUPIL-BASED DRIVER MONITORING SYSTEM AT CES 2016

HARMAN’s eye and pupil tracking technology keeps drivers safe by continuously monitoring cognitive load, an industry-first for Advanced Safety

CES 2016, LAS VEGAS  – January 5, 2016 – Driving while tired, distracted or over-stimulated may become a thing of the past, thanks to new technology unveiled by HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), that measures increases in pupil dilation as an indication of a driver’s mental workload. HARMAN’s new proprietary eye and pupil tracking system measures high cognitive load and mental multitasking in the driver’s seat, and signals the car’s other safety systems to adapt to the driver’s state. The technology represents a major step forward in the domain of Advanced Safety and Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) for vehicles.

Adoption of in-cabin cameras is growing rapidly, enabling features such as occupant detection and driver drowsiness monitoring. With the introduction of high cognitive load detection, HARMAN’s eye and pupil tracking technology brings additional value to the driver-facing camera. The technology eliminates the need for complex sensors built into seats and steering wheels, or biometric sensors that require physical contact with the driver. This camera continually captures the driver’s pupil dilation, and a proprietary software algorithm analyses the pupil reflex using advanced filtering and signal processing. The filter isolates and identifies responses triggered by high cognitive load. The calculated outputs are used to intuitively adjust user interfaces, like placing mobile devices in do-not-disturb mode or adjusting ADAS system intervention thresholds to minimize physical and mental distraction to the driver.

“Safety on the road is more important than ever as more vehicles become connected. HARMAN is advancing the state of the art for solutions that balance drivers’ desire to stay connected in the car without a compromise to their safety and security,” said Alon Atsmon, vice president of technology strategy at HARMAN. “Our priority is to arm OEMs with a holistic range of integrated technologies that address both driver wants and needs, and the HARMAN eye and pupil tracking technology is another advanced step toward a more intelligent driving experience.”