New Telematics Gateway Solution Simplifies Wireless Software Updates in Smart Cars

HARMAN International, a subsidiary of Samsung Electrical focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets has introduced a new Smart Telematics Gateway solution. The new solution is designed to ensure vehicles have the ability to connect and update any automotive Electronic Control Unit (ECU) through a secure, wireless connection.

HARMAN’s Smart Telematics Gateway offers automakers a flexible, modular hardware platform that supports a variety of connectivity features including e-Call, fully-automated accident alert, breakdown call-out, local-support service calls, remote control locking, vehicle finder, diagnostics and more. The Telematics Control Unit (TCU) also acts as a secondary gateway thereby having access to all the communication bus inside the car.

As more cars get connected, OEMs will need an efficient all-in-one solution that provides advanced connectivity as well as on-demand, over the air support for updating a variety of systems in a vehicle. HARMAN’s Smart Telematics Gateway includes a pre-integrated suite of software functions supporting HARMAN’s over-the-air updates capabilities and cyber security features, including intrusion detection and mitigation (TCUShield and ECUShield).

According to a recent analysis, there have been more than 189 software related recalls over the past six years, affecting more than 13 million vehicles. HARMAN’s Smart Telematics Gateway solution has cost-saving benefits to OEMs by reducing production minutes, increasing customer satisfaction by automatically introducing features, and eliminating recalls related to software maintenance. Additionally, the next-generation telematics solution also has the ability to interface directly with HARMAN's cloud-based analytics and server platform, offering OEMs a managed services platform to update a variety of infotainment and other in-vehicle system updates, including real time traffic reports and service bookings.

HARMAN displayed the new Smart Telematics Gateway solution along with other connected car and cyber security solutions at the TU-Automotive Detroit event on 7 and June 8, 2017 in Detroit, USA.