How can you make any car your own?
The future mobility concepts currently under discussion across the automotive sector incorporate the apparently contradictory notions of individualization and shared. Consumers are seeking increasing levels of personalization in all their daily interactions – from shopping to concierge services, playlists to fitness programs – while the popularity of business models like Uber and Airbnb indicate a shift towards a sharing economy.
However, advances in digital technology are enabling the coexistence of these opposites. “Consumers can define their individual preferences in everything from music to climate control, seating position, ambient lighting – the list goes on,” says Andrew Till, Vice President Marketing & Technology, HARMAN Connected Services Division. “They can store those settings in the cloud and the vehicle will recognize them and adopt them instantly before they even step inside.”
Furthermore, advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning mean that systems will be able to extrapolate preferences based on previous behavior and learned patterns. “So, a user may tend to listen to upbeat music in the morning, but switch to a news station later on in the day,” says Till. “Powerful end-to-end cloud platforms such as HARMAN Ignite can support such systems.”
"HARMAN Ignite allows users to integrate their preferred cloud provider, be it Apple, Google, Microsoft or Samsung. This means no private information is stored in the vehicle."
HARMAN Ignite’s modular design makes it easy for automakers and service providers to introduce, manage and personalize innovative cloud applications and services, enabling them to maximize the consumer benefits of the connected car. The arrival of 5G will speed up the incorporation of vehicles into the Internet of Things and vastly increase the amount and type of personalized content that can be accessed seamlessly via the cloud. This will allow consumers to use all aspects of their digital life from any suitably equipped vehicle, including social media accounts, streamed channels and content, as well as personal and business organizational data such as frequently used destinations, appointment diaries etc.
“What’s more, HARMAN Ignite allows to integrate the consumer’s preferred ecosystem or service provider. This means none of anyone’s private information needs to be stored in the vehicle. A cloud-based user profile remains securely with the respective provider at all times and when the consumer leaves the vehicle, their information leaves with them,” adds Till.
While this type of personalization may stop short of fluffy dice or a specialist flame paint job, developments in display technology also mean that consumers will be able choose colors or imagery for surfaces inside and outside their vehicle, even if they will only be using it for a short time. “In fact, the car of the future will be more of a home-from-home than it has ever been. Users will even be able to choose their preferred sound system and change it, for instance, from JBL to Harman Kardon, if they want. This also opens up a whole lot of possibilities in terms of brand differentiation for automakers,” sums up Till.