Another bit of Harman related news coming out of CES 2013 deals with both BMW and Chrysler. More specifically, about how they are now offering “seamless connectivity and convenience for in-car infotainment” in BMW cars for those in the US as well as the latest Uconnect and Premium Audio system for Chrysler vehicles.
The BMW features focus on the “ConnectedDrive” experience which includes everything from navigation to productivity apps to wireless connectivity — all with the focus on these options being safe and intuitive. Some of the features of this setup include a 1280 x 480 display that is powered by a 1.3GHz processor that is able to provide goodies such as a birds-eye view with ‘realistic’ 3D models, weather information and location-based services.
Additionally, this BMW set-up will allow drivers to do things such as dictate email messages, text messages or voice memos — all without taking their eyes off the road. Drivers will also be able to connect with friends over Facebook as well as listen to streaming radio. The head unit will also include a BMW iPhone app that will allow for the ability to load third party apps in the future. That all being said, Harman has stated that this will be premiering in the US this month and will be available on a “wide range” of models including the 7-, 5- and 3-Series vehicles.
Moving over to Chrysler and we have talk of an in-vehicle, hands-free communication system. This all stems back to an August 2010 announcement, however what it means today is that this system will premier on “several” 2013 Chrysler models including the Ram 1500 and the SRT Viper. And in addition to the arrival of the Uconnect system, Chrysler will also be adding internet radio services to the Uconnect Access suite. This includes Aha by Harman which will allow you to access content such as traffic, hotel, weather, audiobooks, Facebook, Twitter and more from your vehicle. Bottom line here, Harman looks to have some nice additions coming to BMW and Chrysler vehicles for 2013.