Android, Automative, HARMAN
Intuitive and Customizable Interfaces
To make the infotainment experience their own, drivers can select which applications correspond with specific tabs. For example, some drivers may prefer having the on-board navigation application launch when they press the Navigation but-ton. Others may want Google Maps to launch when they press the Navigation button. Harman has also provided drivers a central place to access all of the features that they interact with the most. These applications and services can be saved in a Favorites tab using one-touch access.
HARMAN's new infotainment system also delivers other key pieces of information that are useful to drivers. Harman is collaborating with companies such as iOnRoad to help drivers increase visibility and awareness of their driving envi-ronment. Warnings to alert drivers as they approach another car or if they unintentionally change lanes help keep everyone on the road safe. Harman is working with other solutions providers to continue evolving 360 degree views of the vehi-cle to assist with parking, provide rear camera views and warnings, and other applications.
In the future, the Harman system will be able to "learn" what the driver interacts with the most, and automatically add these choices to the Favorites screen - minimizing the need for the driver to do this manually. In addition, future systems will have the ability to store multiple profiles, so that each driver can enjoy a personalized infotainment experience adapted to their preferences. This includes unique Favorites screens, as well as personalized music preferences, calendars and seat positions.
Security is Paramount
To protect the vehicle bus and other critical features, Harman has created a virtualized platform where the core and car-centric applications and services run on the proven QNX operating system, and the User Interface and downloaded applica-tions run in the Android for Automotive environment. By taking this approach, HARMAN's platform uses the best of both worlds - the proven performance and stability of QNX and the flexibility and extensibility of Android for Automotive.