Harman releases new in-car audio options for OEMs

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Samsung Electronics subsidiary Harman, which focuses on connected technologies and solutions for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, has announced two new acoustic offerings, Ready Together and software-enabled branded audio.

According to the company, Ready Together uses advanced acoustic technology to streamline and enhance in-vehicle communication and entertainment, and software-enabled branded audio is an on-demand software platform that upgrades the sound quality and feature set of existing unbranded car audio systems with the touch of a button. The company states that both products are ready for in-vehicle integration.

“At Harman, we remain hyper-focused on delivering new in-vehicle solutions that directly solve entertainment, communication and productivity pain points for drivers and passengers alike, all while providing the same consumer tech experiences that they enjoy outside the vehicle,” said Chris Ludwig, VP, Epic Experience Team at Harman International. “By offering these experiences via automotive-grade applications, Harman can now provide the whole family with their own personal content and space, while allowing them to remain safely connected and engaged with others while in the car.”

Ready Together manages and optimizes features like voice prompts, alerts and music/media to work together as an integrated whole, for seamless information and communication. It also uses advanced sound zone technology so that each occupant can enjoy their own media – while also allowing shared experiences and conversation, providing a sense of harmony for any trip.

The company says it will also introduce an updated personal audio headrest as part of the Ready Together solution. This will use a modular design to ease cabin integration, with the ability to adjust their immersion level from two-channel stereo to full surround sound, passengers can customize an individual car audio experience to suit their personal preferences and needs.

Looking to software-enabled branded audio, Harman says this will give consumers an affordable way to elevate and customize their unbranded in-cabin audio systems to deliver the sound and character of Harman’s Infinity brand – on demand and with no additional hardware required.

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