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HARMAN launches integrated navigation and infotainment solutions in India  

10-November-2010 
 

KARLSBAD, Germany, November 10, 2010 – HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), said today it is delivering the first integrated navigation and infotainment systems with detailed Indian road maps. MapmyIndia, India’s leading provider of premium digital maps, navigation and location-based services, is supplying the map data for use in HARMAN infotainment systems.

“We are delighted to offer, for the first time, a navigation and infotainment system incorporating India map content for our customers in the region,” said Sachin Lawande, HARMAN Chief Technology Officer and Co-President Automotive.  “This further strengthens our global technology leadership in premium infotainment, and positions HARMAN to aggressively serve the fast-growing Indian automotive market.”

“MapmyIndia is proud to work with HARMAN to deliver this premium, integrated navigation and map experience,” said Rakesh Verma, MapmyIndia, Managing Director.  “We expect this close collaboration to result in exciting new innovations for the Indian automotive industry.”

The navigation map data will include highly detailed street-level maps for some 900 Indian cities as well as national connectivity to over 574,000 towns and villages connected by over one million kilometers of highways and road network. The maps will also highlight some three million points of interest across 50 categories of attractions such as hotels, restaurants, ATMs, petrol pumps, etc. Map content will be updated every six months.

The first vehicles to feature the detailed Indian navigation content, from luxury German automaker BMW, will be delivered in India by the end of 2010. Aftermarket upgrades to incorporate the Indian map solution in existing vehicles equipped with HARMAN infotainment systems are also planned.

 

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion over the twelve months ending September 30, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE: HAR.

MapmyIndia (www.mapmyindia.com) / CE Info Systems (P) Ltd., a New Delhi-based ISO 9001-2008 Company founded in 1992, is India's leader in premium quality digital map data and consumer navigation services. Since 1994, through continuous field surveys and state-of-the-art mapping technology, the company has built its proprietary MapmyIndia Maps, the most comprehensive, accurate, robust and reliable navigable map dataset for all India. MapmyIndia is driving the Indian navigation industry by providing internet, mobile and in-car navigation products to end consumers directly as well as in partnership with leading international and national players.   MapmyIndia's Managing Director was named by GPS Business News as the "World's GPS Businessman for the year 2007" for advancing the navigation industry in India.

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