TodayApril 15, 2022

Harman In-Car-Communication at CES 2019

Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

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The In-Car-Communication (ICC) is the backbone of Harman at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Harman is built on sound and safety. The ability to integrate or get rid of sound to create safety is what Harman is working on now, and for the future.

A combination of acoustics and microphones can eliminate unwanted noise so that conversations can be clearer. Drivers can communicate directly without turning their heads.

Built on AudioworX, HARMAN’s proprietary, open-framework development platform, Premium Communications components are modular and scalable across vehicle segments. Together, these technologies address the challenges of the evolving vehicle interior and help OEMs better capitalize on integrations with voice assistants, while fulfilling consumer demand for elevated communication experiences.

Premium Communications comprises: 

In-Car Communication (ICC), providing clear, safe 2-way communication amongst vehicle occupants –seamlessly, for every drive.

* ClearChat with Far-End Noise Cancellation brings new levels of clarity for phone voice calls and voice commands.

* Personal Communication Zones gives each occupant a more enjoyable, personalized in-car experience free from the sonic clutter.

* Multi-Voice Personal Assistant Capability allows occupants the freedom to use the voice assistant of their choice.

In-Car Communication (ICC):

Clear, safe 2-way communication amongst vehicle occupants –seamlessly, for every driveICC combines microphones, voice processing, and in-vehicle audio signal processing to create an ideal environment for conversation within the car cabin, enhancing the sounds you want to hear, and reducing those you don’t. An ‘always on’ adaptive feature, ICC automatically level-sets according to music volume or road noise for clear, 2-way conversations amongst passengers on any drive –front to back and back to front.

HARMAN’s In-Car Communication allows the driver to communicate directly with passengers in the back seats without needing to turn around or take their eyes off the road. Alternatively, second and third-row passengers can now communicate easily with the first row –eliminating the need for them to raise their voice or strain forward in their seats, allowing all occupants to converse with one another easily.

ClearChat with Far-End Noise Cancellation:

New levels of clarity for voice calls and voice commandsClearChat combines world-leading beamforming microphones, echo cancellation, and noise reduction algorithms to remove unwanted cabin noise – including air conditioning, road noise or rear-seat passengers – for listeners on the receiving end of a call. Beamforming is a signal processing technique that employs direct

Here are some of the features Harman showcased at this years CES:

Surround View Sensor Intelligence:

HARMAN is helping automakers fine-tune the connected and semi-autonomous cars of today and tomorrow, all while creating the building blocks for the autonomous mobility of the future. Foundational to this is a suite of sensor technologies, so cars have a 360-degree view enabling a rich set of ADAS applications and features.

Camera Monitoring System:

Capable of augmenting, or even replacing physical mirrors, HARMAN’s Camera Monitoring System features a fusion of three rear-facing cameras and corner radar. The right and left sensors, coupled with a long-range rear camera (typically located right above a vehicle’s license plate) look behind the vehicle to facilitate safety technologies, including blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear collision warning. Short-range corner radar sensors round out the complete 360-degree view package.

Forward Facing Camera:

HARMAN’s Forward Facing Camera –which would typically be placed near the top center of a vehicle’s windshield –is a crucial element for environment sensing and enabling advanced perception algorithms for features such as lane, object and sign detection. Sensor fusion managed within HARMAN’s module allows for integration with long-range radar to also detect vehicles ahead and maintain a safe distance while in traffic

Cabin Monitoring System:

Creating conditional autonomous cars, often referred to as Level 3 autonomous cars, is the next logical step in future mobility progression. These can manage most aspects of driving by themselves, but only if certain conditions are met and if not, they would require the human to take over. The biggest challenge with these vehicles is managing the hand-over: the situation where the car must transfer control back to the driver once limitations are met.

To ensure this happens seamlessly, HARMAN has developed an advanced Cabin Monitoring System which uses monitoring sensors to capture the most essential first-order biometric features of a driver, such as an eye gaze, head position, and pupil diameter among others. The system can also analyze the auditory content and heart or breathing rates of occupants using proprietary and patented algorithms to provide second-order biometric signals such as emotional activity and cognitive load. While capable of working in lower levels of autonomy, this solution will be critical to the success of semi-autonomous vehicles in the future.


In preparation for higher levels of autonomy, HARMAN has partnered with Innoviz Technologies to bring LiDAR technology to more automakers. These long-range, solid-state solutions are compact and capable of helping autonomous cars “see” where they’re going as well as objects ahead much more accurately. HARMAN’s sensor fusion technology will also allow LiDAR to work with Forward Facing Cameras to enable more vehicle safety use cases. This is yet another example of HARMAN’s long-standing commitment to an open and broad ecosystem of partners and innovators to realize bigger picture mobility goals.

Ignite 3.0:

An automotive digital ecosystem for OEMs is a solution that brings the benefits of connected life into the vehicle. With HARMAN Ignite 3.0ecosystem, automakers can leverage this platform to offer drivers smart features such as a vehicle-centric marketplace, an automotive-based virtual assistant and enhanced navigation with point-of-interest (POI) search and intelligent personalization –directly in their vehicles.

Also, HARMAN Ignite 3.0’sdigital ecosystem equips Automobile OEMs with a seamless, secure and cost-effective way to introduce and regularly update these features for their customers. Consumers can enjoy a smarter driving experience that keeps pace with technology as it evolves –and OEMs can create new digital revenue streams by providing in-vehicle services that keep customers satisfied.

Building on the digital ecosystem experience provided by HARMAN, the Ignite 3.0 also comes pre-integrated with Samsung SmartThingssupport. This enables the ability to control, in a smart and secure manner, connected smart devices, such as your home security system, doorbell, garage door or thermostat right within the vehicle. The benefits of this integration for consumers will continue to grow as more connected devices are added to the SmartThings platform.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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