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Samsung Spends $8 Bil to Buy Mobile Tech Giant Harman

Move could position Korean company as major player in auto electronics.

by on Nov.14, 2016

Samsung is already the world's biggest maker of computer chips, but lags in auto business.

Samsung Electronics will purchase Harman International, one of the world’s largest producers of in-vehicle electronics, for $8 billion.

The move could position the Korean technology giant as a leader in the emerging field of connected cars. It also will let it play a critical role in automotive cybersecurity, a subject of increasing concern as hackers begin to target ever more high-tech automobiles.

“We see substantial long-term growth opportunities in the auto technology market as demand for Samsung’s specialized electronic components and solutions continues to grow,” said Samsung Electronics President and Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn.

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With annual sales of around $7 billion, Harman is perhaps best known as a producer of mid and high-end in-car audio equipment, including the automotive lines of Bang & Olufsen. An estimated 30 million vehicles now are equipped with one of those systems.

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IIHS Questions Need for Cellphone Ban

Existing laws haven’t cut crashes.

by on Dec.20, 2011

Though it agrees distracted driving is a major problem, a key insurance industry group questions the need for a blanket ban on all in-car technologies.

Not everyone believes that a wholesale ban on using cellphones – along with other electronic devices – would make driving safer.

In fact, existing laws that already restrict the use of handheld phones have had no impact on reducing distracted driving crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which questions the value of a recent proposal by the National Transportation Safety Board to take existing laws to a new level.  After studying a series of major incidents linked to distracted driving, the NTSB this month recommended sweeping new rules that would effectively bar drivers from using most electronic devices.

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But speaking with CNN, Russ Rader, a spokesman for the IIHS, cautioned that “distracted driving is much bigger than just phones,” adding that, “”focusing on phones doesn’t deal with the full spectrum of things that distract.”

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Driving Digital: In-Car Tech Sales to Top $9 Billion

Ford CEO Alan Mulally will anchor CES 2010, consumer electronics’ annual extravaganza.

by on Sep.21, 2009

“Sales of in-vehicle technologies are expected to top $9.3 billion this year,” notes Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Association.

“Sales of in-vehicle technologies are expected to top $9.3 billion this year,” says Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Assn.

From cheap, aftermarket navigation systems, to the 2200-watt multimedia/audio system in the new Bentley Mulsanne, the car is becoming the mobile equivalent of office or living room, with in-vehicle technology sales pushing past $9 billion this year, despite the economic downturn, according to an industry trade group.

It’s probably no surprise, then, that senior auto industry officials have served as keynote speaker at the electronics industry’s top trade show, for the last four years.  And Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who was keynoter at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, will return as opening speaker at the January 2010 CES.

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“We’re seeing the convergence of the technology and auto industries,” noted Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which operates CES, the biggest trade show held in Las Vegas, each year.

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Platforms and Partnerships Mark Detroit Telematics Conference

Safety and infotainment systems becoming "must haves" for connected car buyers - and revenue-hungry suppliers.

by on Jun.05, 2009

Ford's Sync system has become one of the more popular - and most flexible entries into the expanding world of Telematics.

Ford's Sync system has become one of the more popular - and most flexible entries into the expanding world of Telematics.

Telematics – wireless communication to and from vehicles – has reached critical mass, or so seemed the consensus among attendees at this week’s Telematics Detroit 2009 in Novi, Michigan. Telematics – wireless communication to and from vehicles – has reached critical mass, or so seemed the consensus among attendees at this week’s Telematics Detroit 2009 in Novi, Michigan.

“Every major automaker is planning to deploy the technology,” according to Phil Magney, vice president of iSuppli Corporation and head of the firm’s automotive practice. “Are telematics services necessary to sell cars? The consensus, increasingly, is ‘yes,’” he said.

That’s because car buyers, especially younger ones, expect to enjoy much the same “connectivity” in their vehicles as they have in their homes and other gathering places. Cars have to accommodate iPods and other MP3 players, smartphones, and whatever other hot new devices the consumer electronics industry can dream up over the course of a vehicle’s lifecycle.

Trouble lies in the mismatch between the short product development cycles common to consumer electronics and the much longer timeframes required for cars. Designing for an unpredictable future is a complex problem, but automotive system suppliers are responding with so-called open development platforms that they promise will be future proof. The platforms are similar if not identical to those now being used by third party vendors developing smartphone applications. Automakers know they need to capitalize on that same kind of creativity, though they have to be much more careful in doing so. (more…)