HARMAN Enables Connectivity across Daimler Vehicles

  HARMAN Enables Connectivity across Daimler Vehicles

With projects such as telematics and new MEMS microphones, connectivity by
HARMAN makes for a safer, more enjoyable driving experience in Daimler
vehicles

2014 International CES

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 6, 2014

HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), has reaped
new awards from Daimler to equip Daimler vehicles with advanced connectivity.
In a major new telematics project, HARMAN was selected by Daimler to develop
and implement the next-generation telematics control unit (TCU), the
integrated on-board telematics and infotainment unit connecting cars to the
Daimler intelligent traffic management centers. This was followed by an award
to install Micro-Electrical-Mechanical System (MEMS) microphones in Daimler
vehicles – the first time that microphones with MEMS technology have been used
by HARMAN in the automotive sector. The two awards are the latest in a long
partnership of innovation between the companies. Terms of the contracts were
not disclosed.

“We are proud to continue our long-standing alliance with Daimler AG – a
partnership that goes back to 1949, when Becker provided the first audio
system to Mercedes-Benz,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, president and CEO
of HARMAN. “The latest awards for enhanced telematics followed by MEMS
microphones validate the confidence HARMAN has earned to deliver superior
technologies that drivers expect in a Daimler vehicle. We look forward to
working with Daimler to take these exciting new innovations ’on the road’.”

Telematics for advanced safety

With vehicle communications technology – of which telematics is a key element
– promising to help prevent accidents, save lives, reduce CO2 emissions and
improve traffic flow on congested roads in the years ahead, this is an arena
offering both Daimler and HARMAN the potential for high volume business. The
use of telematics systems is expected to grow significantly in the automotive
industry, with most infotainment-employing vehicles also offering high-speed
telematics from 2016 onwards. As second-generation HARMAN telematics
technology, the TCU offers high-speed connectivity via LTE and
state-of-the-art network security technologies for secure, convenient Internet
access, and a wide range of safety features including eCall (automated calls
from the car to bring rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision).
The system is also field-upgradeable to ensure compatibility with the latest
telematics protocols and specifications. In conjunction with the Daimler
telematics platform, the TCU system by HARMAN will make for a safer, more
enjoyable driving experience.

Voice control with MEMS microphones

As cars become ever more connected, voice control is becoming increasingly
important as a way for drivers to interact with in-vehicle systems. The
microphones with MEMS technology, due to be installed in E- and C-Class
Mercedes, with S-Class to follow, demonstrate the commitment of Daimler and
HARMAN to innovation in every component in the infotainment system. The MEMS
microphones deliver the advantage of a small form factor and superior audio
sensitivity into vehicles. What makes them such a good fit for advanced
in-vehicle connectivity is that they are fully directional and able to discern
who is speaking and from what direction – this is vital to enable one-shot
voice commands from drivers to be understood promptly and accurately. Two MEMS
microphones will be installed per vehicle, one above the driver’s seat, the
other above the passenger’s seat. Being so small, MEMS microphones can be
installed behind the roofliner, enabling highly accurate, hands-free voice
control of a phone and vehicle infotainment and navigation systems. The MEMS
microphones replace the present microphones which are currently installed in
the inside mirrors. Like the TCU, the new microphones will be installed in the
first Daimler vehicles for 2016.

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About HARMAN

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and
audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is
a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands
including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®,and Mark Levinson®
and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,600 people across the
Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the twelve
months ended September 30, 2013. The company’s shares are traded on the New
York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR. Please visit www.harman.com for
more information.

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or
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darrin.shewchuk@harman.com
 
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