Nokia Phones Connect with Harman Infotainment

Automotive infotainment supplier Harman and Finnish cell phone manufacturer Nokia announced today they have partnered for the creation of new ways to integrate smartphones into in-vehicle infotainment systems. The first joint effort of the two is the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), a technology which combines GPS information from the smartphone or car with key vehicle data such as low oil or fuel warnings.

ADAS will not only allow the displaying of hotels or parking lots, but also prices and availability, giving the owner the possibility to book a room at the same time.

The system can also be extended to become a navigator, giving the driver tips on when to slow down before a bend or advice him on when it is safe to overtake.

Commands can be given either by voice, touch or traditional in car controls, while wireless connection can be made by Bluetooth. For longer use, and USB solution is also in place.

“Beside our well equipped infotainment systems, standardized interface solutions between Smartphones & Car Infotainment will provide a rich set of additional applications and are particularly interesting for Entry- and Mid-Level Infotainment Systems to allow best connectivity via the head unit for attractive use of smartphone functionality in vehicle applications,” Hans Roth, director Global Business Development & Marketing, Harman Automotive Division said in a statement.

“We are happy to be involved in creating an industry standard to connect smartphones to in-car systems. It is a totally logical step and we believe this standard will fuel the creation of innovative new services for drivers,” said Vesa Luiro, Director, Automotive, Nokia.

“The infotainment system of a modern car is a natural extension for the capabilities of smartphones. Not only will it simplify the use of turn-by-turn voice guidance from Ovi Maps, but also provide a new and easy way of accessing other content on the smartphone, such as music and delivering automotive specific applications from the Ovi Store.”
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