When I say "Harman," what comes to mind? Like many people, you probably think of home audio systems.
But guess what: Harman is also a major player in the automotive market. If you've ever driven an Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, or Porsche, chances are it used a Harman sound system or infotainment unit.
Mind you, Harman isn't just about the high end. It also offers a scalable infotainment platform that can target both higher-end and lower-end vehicles. And it isn't just about posh European cars. Recently, it became the first non-Japanese supplier to supply an infotainment system (the QNX-based Entune system) to Toyota. It also supplies systems to Hyundai, Lexus, Subaru, and Ssangyong.
Since 2003, Harman has used the QNX OS as the software platform for its infotainment products. (In fact, Harman owned QNX for about 5 years, before QNX became a subsidiary of RIM.) In this video, Rick Kreifeldt, Harman's VP of global automotive research and innovation, discusses how QNX helps Harman cut time-to-market and create greener products. Check it out: