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New Harman IVI system runs HTML5 apps on Linux

Jan 7, 2014 — by Eric Brown 1,964 views

[Updated Jan 8] — Harman announced a Linux-based IVI platform featuring an HTML5 development environment, a type 1 hypervisor, and integration with driver assist functions.

CES 2014 is beginning to look more and more like a car show. Among other announcements related to in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), Harman unveiled an unnamed “next-generation infotainment platform.”

The OEM-focused product runs Linux on a multi-processor architecture that incorporates a type 1 hypervisor for separation of domains. The Linux-based infotainment and navigation domain is thereby securely firewalled from the vehicle domain, which presumably runs on a real-time operating system (RTOS).

Harman’s next-gen IVI system
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The vehicle domain hooks into telematics and safety features sequestered in a protected domain for greater security and reliability. This also enables the IVI device to act as a window onto advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) functions linked to various cameras and sensors, including forward collision and lane departure warnings, says the company. The system is said to be further protected with secure boot and data encryption features.

Harman IVI screenshot
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The new Harman platform provides an HTML5-based application environment that supports JavaScript and CSS. This should enable more rapid development of apps for the app store Harman plans to host on its Harman Cloud Services Platform, says the company.


Harman is a member of both the GENIVI Alliance and the Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux working group. Given that Harmon uses the term “Automotive Grade Linux” in the description of its new IVI system, and the fact that the Automotive Linux Working Group is using Tizen as the basis of a reference platform optimized for “automotive applications ranging from Instrumentation Cluster to In-Vehicle-Infotainment,” it appears likely that Harman’s IVI system is based on Tizen. However, the company did not mention Tizen in the announcement of its new IVI system.

Harman has been developing IVI systems for years, and has previously promoted its IVI systems for their advanced Android device interoperability.

Further information

The new Harman IVI platform is ready for OEM use, and should be seen in cars within two years, says the company. Harman’s CES showcase is located at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. More information may eventually turn up on the Harman website.

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