Harman and Sierra Wireless intend to serve drivers who want connection to all their electronic devices in the car. Harman will begin road tests through LTE-networked areas in Europe with similar tests in the United States to follow. Test vehicles will be equipped with the latest infotainment system platform technology integrating an AirPrime embedded wireless module developed by Sierra Wireless.
Next generation automobile services include off-board navigation, video-on-demand (VOD) streaming, Internet radio, dynamic loading apps, interactive online manuals and other telematics functions or new driver assistance features such as traffic light recognition. These bandwidth-rich applications require a reliable anytime, anywhere broadband data connection to offer leading automakers and their customers the ultimate on-road experience.
In anticipation of growing demand from automakers for 4G/LTE solutions, Harman started its collaboration with Sierra Wireless a year ago and announced support for the Sierra Wireless AirPrime embedded modules for LTE networks, with data download speeds of up to 100 Mbps, and uploads as high as 50 Mbps on LTE networks.