HARMAN INTL : HARMAN Launches Innovative Docking Navigation System with Mercedes-Benz
03/01/2011| 08:35am US/Eastern
the leading global audio and infotainment group (NYSE: HAR), today
unveilied an innovative navigation solution for Mercedes-Benz that
blends the flexibility of portable navigation devices with the
convenience of complete driver cockpit integration. The new Becker®
MAP PILOT continues a relationship between the Company's Becker brand
and Daimler AG that dates back more than 60 years.
The new Becker® MAP PILOT navigation system, premiering in
the new Mercedes-Benz SLK and in the new generation of C-Class, gives
drivers a feature-rich and upgradeable navigation solution without
compromising the convenience of a highly integrated in-dash OEM
solution. Data for the system is contained in a compact, tethered
navigation ?brain,? which can be easily removed from its docking cradle
to update map data or upload the latest applications and feature sets.
The unit seamlessly connects to the vehicle's onboard radio and
fixed-screen electronics via a tailor-made cradle conveniently and
discreetly housed in the car's glove compartment.
?The Becker® MAP PILOT underscores the leading-edge
innovation that has resulted from our long association with Daimler AG,?
said Michael Mauser, Co-President of HARMAN Automotive. ?The system
blends the flexibility of the latest generation of portable navigation
devices with the convenience of in-dash display and accessible controls
to produce a system that is both easy to use and easily upgraded in the
The Becker® MAP PILOT is operated by means of
conveniently-placed controls positioned on the car's multifunctional
steering wheel, the turn/push control, and integrated voice commands.
This approach provides maximum functionality while preventing driver
distraction. The navigation route is shown on the large-format central
display and instrument cluster, and voice instructions are reproduced in
the best possible sound quality from the car's onboard speakers – a
distinct advantage over conventional portable navigation systems.
The unique connectivity of the Becker® MAP PILOT ensures
perfect integration and networking with the car's onboard electronics.
The navigation unit can be removed from the vehicle in a single movement
and can be updated online anytime using the Becker® MAP PILOT
Webshop site (www.beckermappilot.com)
which enables maps and software to be upgraded and personalized
information such as points of interest (POIs) to be downloaded simply
and conveniently. HARMAN intends to continuously expand the range of new
applications available in the Webshop, adapting to the increasing
expectations and personal needs of the user.
For maximum security, the Becker® MAP PILOT is not visible
from outside the car and feels like a built-in navigation system when in
use. A lock on the integrated cradle prevents the device from being
removed without permission, and its location inside the glove
compartment ensures the unit remains securely anchored. The direct link
to the Mercedes-Benz SLK or C-Class base radio means that the latest
traffic warnings and other updates can be incorporated automatically in
the route planning system by means of the Traffic Message Channel (TMC),
and the guidance system automatically adapts itself to the current
This pioneering system will also be available in other Mercedes-Benz
models in the future.
designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment
solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets –
supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Becker®,
Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®
and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles
across multiple generations and supports leading professional
entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million
automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and
infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people
across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion
over the twelve months ending December 31, 2010. The Company's shares
are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE: HAR.
AKG, Becker, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are
trademarks of Harman International Industries, Inc., registered in the
United States and/or other countries.
Harman International Industries, Inc.
Director, Corporate Communications
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