HARMAN Delivers Next-Generation Internet Connectivity for Audi MMI
KARLSBAD, Germany -- November 12, 2012
HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR) said today
that it has started deliveries of its latest-generation automotive
infotainment system to premium automaker Audi. The new Audi MMI® Navigation
plus platform is the latest in a series of solutions from HARMAN that safely
and securely deliver a broad range of connected lifestyle services to the
HARMAN designed the fully integrated infotainment unit to facilitate
high-quality playback of diverse music and video files through seamless
connectivity via such devices as iPod, Hard Disk Drive, smartphones, and USB
devices. The Audi-specific human machine interface (HMI) ensures that each
system function is accessible with minimal user distraction and maximum ease
of use. The new MMI touch function gives drivers a convenient means of
configuring the navigation system while keeping their attention on the road
ahead. Using a separate touchpad in the center console, users can easily enter
addresses, select music tracks, or initiate a telephone conversation. The MMI
Touch function accommodates a wide range of text inputs, including Japanese,
Chinese and Cyrillic characters.
Equally state-of-the art are the Audi online services which allows the car to
retrieve up-to-date information from the internet via the optionally
integrated GPRS/EDGE (UMTS) modem and on-board WLAN Hotspot. Drivers and
passengers can search online using a variety of sources including Google Earth
and Google Maps. Harman has also enabled the new infotainment unit to download
and display emails from vehicle occupants’ portable devices and smartphones.
HARMAN’s integration expertise in best-in-class navigation also delivers rich
new detail for map and travel data. 3D navigation views offer increased
realism, helping drivers to safely select the appropriate route via a City
Model function and Google Street View. 3-D terrain models based on Google Maps
data provide additional detail such as road elevation, presenting route data
to the driver in the most intuitive manner. Dynamic route guidance is also
available, thanks to embedded Real Time Traffic information.
This latest release is the third infotainment project that HARMAN has
delivered for Audi, with manufacturing based in Harman’s Straubing, Germany
facility. The new HARMAN system will premiere aboard the 2013 Audi A3.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of
audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional
markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®,
Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by
audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional
entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million
automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment
systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas,
Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June
30, 2012. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol NYSE:HAR.
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Nicole Mehr, +49-7248-71-1272
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