Harman And BMW Show Off ‘World’s Most Advanced Infotainment System’

  • Roll out in late-2013
  • 1280 x 480 high def LCD display
  • ConnectedDrive platform

Harman has partnered with BMW to unveil at CES what it claims to be the most advanced in-car infotainment system in the world.

  • Roll out in late-2013
  • 1280 x 480 high def LCD display
  • ConnectedDrive platform

Harman has partnered with BMW to unveil at CES what it claims to be the most advanced in-car infotainment system in the world.

Harman is one of the largest suppliers of in-car tech. Harman, the company behind brands like Harman Kardon, JBL and Mark Levinson, is also showing off its next-gen in-car platforms, due to be rolled out in cars from several manufacturers later in 2013 and beyond.

The ConnectedDrive platform comes with a 1280 x 480 high def LCD display. There are 3D effects and menus throughout the interface, too, and it's all optimised for ease of use and minimal driver distraction.

Moreover, without taking your hands off the wheel or eyes of the road you can dictate texts and emails. There's full-on iPhone integration and future revisions will support third party apps.

Harman is also working on its app-centric platform. Based on Android, the idea is to give smartphone-orientated car owners an in-car experience to rival that of their favourite portable gadgets. It is a combination of intuitive interface design, dedicated apps and better syncing with mobile devices. One clever idea involves on-screen icons that "grow" as the user's finger approaches, making it easier to make the right selection.

Harman is also pitching its Premium Infotainment platform at CES. Highlights include the combination of touchless gesture controls and head up displays to deliver an augmented reality interface.

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