Harman Brings HTML 5 Apps to Car Infotainment Systems

rend13 627x400

Google Maps, The New York Times and Flipboard could be coming soon to your car. Harman is looking to widen the number of apps you can use in your car with its new HTML 5-powered infotainment system. Such a solution will allow users to download apps for things such as news or music streaming services. The apps will follow the user to any compatible vehicle using Harman’s system, which will save you from having to download the same apps every time you get into a new car. 

appstore 640x400

Currently, automakers each use their own proprietary infotainment systems, which require app developers to create different apps for every vehicle manufacturer. However, with a universal HTML 5-based solution, developers will be able to make a single app for every car maker.

MORE: 25 Best Android Apps

The problem with using an HTML 5-powered system in a vehicle is that it is more open to attack from malware. To prevent such issues, Harman is using a separate Linux-based system for critical vehicle functions. The system will also use a secure boot and data encryption to create what the company calls a Trusted Infotainment Architecture.

Harman says it will also link the app system with its advanced driver assistance capabilities including lane departure warning and collision warning systems to provide drivers with a host of camera-based driver assistance apps that use the existing app platform’s computing capabilities to reduce cost and extend these safety apps to a range of vehicles. We’ll be able to get more details when we go eyes-on with this system at CES 2014. 

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Daniel P. Howley on
Twitter Google+
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options