Oasis rolls with it

Connected technology developer Harman International has released a suite of solutions it claims will make autonomous driving safer and more intuitive.

Unveiled in the new Rinspeed concept car, Oasis leverages Harman’s LIVS (Life-Enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solution) suite of technologies.

It offers portable personalisation with the complete Microsoft Office suite and voice-controlled virtual assistant, enabling advanced in-vehicle productivity to join conference calls, update calendars and more. It also features full-windshield HUD technology and high-resolution 3D maps, offering a future look at the user interface and how drivers and passengers can interact with their cars. Oasis is also highly connected, with IoT integration that offers home-to-car transfers of preferences, and a suite of connected services such as car sharing, social media integration, weather, parking and reservations supported by the Harman automotive cloud platform.

Phil Eyler, president, Harman Connected Car, said, ‘More than a technology supplier, Harman is an inspiration partner to the world’s automakers, and the Oasis is a testament to that vision – a vehicle that is contextual, personalised and highly connected.

‘HARMAN believes autonomy should not equal monotony, and this vehicle offers an integrated cockpit and bleeding edge user interface that advances mobility and connectivity while providing an unparalleled user experience. This results in a driving experience that is more powerful, productive, personalised and protected than ever before.’

The vehicle also features a number of industry firsts, including a full windshield heads-up display, projecting navigation prompts and other information to the driver, while also simultaneously projecting entertainment or information to the passenger.

It also ensures the driver is ready to take back control of the car by using haptic (touch) feedback and eye gaze tracking, while its voice-controlled virtual assistant functions as a concierge and its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies detect objects on a collision course and offer corrective action.