At the Geneva Motor Show, Harman is introducing the DOCK+GO concept vehicle that has a personalized, gesture-controlled infotainment system.
It uses the driver’s smartphone to recognize the driver’s preferences, and it also uses Aha apps in a system developed with Rinspeed.
When the driver enters the car, the radio connects with his smartphone and recognizes his preferences including seat positions, and favorite music and settings. It also recognizes Facebook and Twitter accounts, calendar and contacts.
The system also “learns” as you use it, tracking speed and braking habits, so it can “know” when to present different views of the road like zooming into an intersection view or panning out to a highway view.
It can warn you to stop for a rest when you’re getting tired as it uses sensors that measure steering wheel movements, voice timbre, and braking and accelerating behavior.
You can wave your hand to control certain functions by gesture. And you get voice control to access emails via Aha, or Facebook and Twitter. Also office documents and emails may be viewed and managed.
Other features of the concept system include a parking search function to find and book free parking spaces, and 3D parking assist.
Harman also announced that several new Volkswagen and Audi models will use Harman’s new infotainment systems under a $1.25 billion contract.
The systems use Google Earth navigation and a fast dual core NVDIA Tegra 2 processor.
Available on the VW Golf, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia, the systems also offer Internet access and wireless connectivity and an updateable navigation system.
A version of the system for the Audi A3 includes “Audi connect” with embedded Internet access that can also communicate with other vehicles and with the infrastructure. It currently uses a UMTS connection and in the future will upgrade to 4G LTE.
Harman said it will be the first infotainment system supplier worldwide to integrate the new TI Jacinto 5 SOC (system-on-chip) that provides a telephone module, a complete set of tuner modules, a six-channel high performance class-D amplifier, DVD-Drive, and a computing module built on the NVIDIA system-on-chip technology, all housed in a single 1-DIN unit.
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