Great Wall Motor Chooses HARMAN to Deliver Over-the-Air Software Updating Technology for Its Connected Cars
 
Apr 26, 2018
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China’s Great Wall Motors will provide HARMAN’s Remote Vehicle Updating Service In its connected cars in 2019

BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AUTO CHINA 2018–HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced that Great Wall Motors has chosen HARMAN to deliver its Remote Vehicle Updating Service (OTA) in the company’s vehicle launching in 2019. This announcement was made at the Auto China 2018 show that is taking place in Beijing, between April 25 – May 4, 2018.

China is one of the world’s largest and most enthusiastic markets for connected cars. A J.D. Power study found 78 percent of Chinese consumers “definitely would” or “probably would” trust a fully automated, self-driving vehicle. Meanwhile IDC predicts total market size for connected and electric vehicles in China’s car manufacturing industry will grow from $4.87 billion in 2016 to $10.5 billion by 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 16.5 percent.

HARMAN’s Remote Vehicle Updating Service is an end-to-end solution capable for remotely updating the full vehicle, from head units to the smallest ECUs, providing OEMs the capability to fully monitor and control any update, campaigns with full traceability. HARMAN’s solution is also capable of updating any software on any operating system, including firmware, software, application, maps, content, configuration and more. It leverages the company’s key cornerstone Smart Delta technology, which reduces the file update package by up to 99 percent. This contributes greatly to the security of the process, network efficiency as well as cost savings, minimizing the time it takes for the update to complete and ultimately resulting in a positive customer experience.

“OTA updates are an important layer of the Great Wall Motors’ connected car strategy and serve as a foundation for future-upgraded and next-generation vehicles. ‘OTA update’ is easy to say, but difficult to execute. This is something we take seriously, because even a little R&D mistake may have serious consequences, like car disablement. As the connected car space grows more complex, we need the leading supplier with a history of notable experience in the auto industry to ensure quality service,” said Yansong Guo, deputy director of technology center at Great Wall Motors.

“HARMAN’s OTA Remote Vehicle Updating Service has a worldwide reputation, with 18 years of successful deployment. More than 25 million cars worldwide are using HARMAN’s OTA solution for full-vehicle software management and update services. Choosing HARMAN also represents the high standard of Great Wall Motors and the mature Smart Delta technology can help our cars save bandwidth, improve the user experience and shorten the time to market. I believe our partnership will greatly improve the service experience within our connected car.”

According to Sanjay Dhawan, EVP & President of HARMAN Connected Services and CTO, HARMAN, “HARMAN has been working with Great Wall Motors, China’s top OEM player, for several years by providing outstanding in-car infotainment systems to their customers. We are excited to extend this relationship through the new OTA award. We admire the company’s strengths in R&D and innovation, as well as their commitment to advancing the automotive industry. The Great Wall Motors’ vehicles we’ll see next year will showcase how advanced OTA solutions can ensure all vehicle software can be updated with the latest features and functions at any point during the lifecycle of the car.”

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ABOUT GREAT WALL MOTORS

Great Wall Motor Company Limited is China’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturer. We were listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2003 and the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2011. By 2016, our assets had amounted to 92.309 billion yuan. Now Great Wall Motors owns three brands--Haval, Great Wall and WEY which covers three categories: SUV, passenger car and pickup. With over 40 holding subsidiaries, more than 88,000 employees, four vehicle manufacturing bases, we have developed the independent matching capacity of core parts such as engine and transmission. Great Wall Motor always adheres to the business philosophy of technology driven and independent research and development. We gain technology advantages through the excessive investment in technical R&D. Our market positioning is "based in China, focusing on emerging countries, and cultivating US and Europe ". Great Wall Motor focuses on SUV category. By leveraging category advantages to enhance brand value, we aspire to become the world-class SUV expert.

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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