Harman introduces innovative cockpit platform

April 20, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
At Auto China Shanghai 2017, infotainment company Harman International (as of late a subsidiary of Samsung) has announced a new cockpit electronics platform that integrates all of a car’s digital displays with the date and underlying information services. The Digital Cockpit Platform is said to be a scalable solution that that integrates the operation and functionality of the instrument cluster and center stack infotainment system to deliver a more seamless user experience.

The increasing digitization of vehicle displays, safety and entertainment features has often led to a fragmented and confusing user experience in the car. At the same time, automakers are faced with managing the increased complexity of these in-car electronics, often with increased costs for multiple controllers and software solutions to manage these disparate systems.

Harman’s new Digital Cockpit platform addresses these challenges through a compute platform capable of driving multiple functional domains within the car, including center displays and infotainment, instrumentation cluster, advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), audio and sound management, lighting, e-mirrors, navigation, drive assist, and an intelligent personal assistant. The scalable approach allows Harman to offer cost-effective cockpit solutions addressing broader vehicle segments. Additionally, automakers can now use the platform to offer drivers an improved experience that harmonizes the visual look and feel between all in-car systems, as well as improve system flexibility and performance.

The digital cockpit platform was brought to life through rigorous benchmarking that meets industry requirements for performance, security, stability and functional safety. Critical vehicle functions are always prioritized for fail-safe operation enabled by a type 1 hypervisor. For increased system protection, a safety- critical real time operating system is used to drive the instrument cluster and HUD display, while the rich infotainment and connected experience is powered either by Android or Linux.

 

All of the platform systems can also be “future proofed”, thanks to Harman’s Ignite IoT solution that provides services and over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities that have been integrated within the platform. New features and functionality, as well as bug fixes or software upgrades, can be transferred to the car, ensuring that the in-vehicle experience stays fresh and current. The entire system is also secured from the “inside-out” by leveraging Harman’s industry-leading 5+1 security framework.

The company said it is already working with a leading European OEM to deliver a digital cockpit solution.

 

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