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HARMAN launches remote vehicle over-the-air update

HARMAN International has launch its Remote Vehicle Updating OTA version 11 solution, based on technology HARMAN obtained through the acquisition of Redbend in 2015. 17 OEMs have chosen HARMAN’s OTA solution enabling 25 million vehicles, making it the only commercially deployed OTA option on the market.

The ability to update automotive software over-the-air has become a competitive advantage for OEMs for several reasons. First, the HARMAN OTA solution reduces the need for recalls by remotely addressing system malfunctions and security threats. In addition, OEMs can use the OTA solution to decrease time-to-market by updating software while the vehicle is still on the production line as well as offer consumers new features and functions post-sale, maintaining a direct connection between the OEM and the driver, increasing OEM brand awareness and customer loyalty.

HARMAN’s Remote Vehicle Updating offering is the only OTA solution that enables efficient full-vehicle management. The low footprint solution enables OTA updates and management of the whole car, from head units to the smallest ECUs, even those with low processing and memory resources. This solution was specifically built to eliminate failures, by coping with any potential risks, such as network problems, cyber security attacks and file tampering, providing OEMs with a secure and efficient way to mitigate risk and increase security and safety.

HARMAN’s solution leverages its unique Smart Delta technology which reduces the file update package up to 99%. This is accomplished by generating a small delta update file containing only the changes that were done in the software from previous version. This contributes greatly to network efficiency and cost, as well as minimising the time it takes for the update to complete resulting in a positive customer experience.

“We are excited to see that over 25 million vehicles on the road are being reliably updated using our OTA solutions and more than 100 million connected cars are contracted to implement HARMAN’s OTA technology. We have used our knowledge and experience to continually make improvements to our technology, so that the end user experiences the unparalleled security, reliability and efficiency that come with driving a connected car,” said Oren Betzaleli, vice president and general manager of HARMAN International. “We look forward to the future as we continue to develop new solutions and services that transform the automotive market and personalise the driving experience.”

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