IT’S A HARMAN: MINI INTRODUCES ITS FIRST HEAD-UP DISPLAY
GENEVA – March 4, 2014 –The new MINI F56, on show here in Geneva, will be the first-ever MINI to feature a head-up display, the advanced navigation – and it’s by HARMAN. Extending its collaboration with MINI, the premium global audio and infotainment group HARMAN (NYSE:HAR) is equipping the latest MINI F56 with a superior infotainment unit with head-up display, making for a safer, enriched navigation and entertainment experience in the car. The new MINI F56 is due to arrive on roads in March 2014.
The MINI F56 is impressive proof that drivers can enjoy magnum-quality infotainment in a modestly-proportioned vehicle. Powered by a 1.3 GHz processor and featuring a 200 GB hard disk drive, the infotainment unit offers the performance and choice to delight passengers and drivers alike. Vehicle occupants can view DVDs, listen to music through the superior Harman Kardon® audio landscape, and access a range of smart apps to enhance their travel experience– weather updates, for instance, or news on their destination. Navigation – with the road ahead projected onto the high resolution head-up display – is more realistic than ever, thanks to the 3D map database. The navigation system accesses real-time traffic information, ensuring drivers are consistently guided along the quickest and safest routes. In addition, all functions can be voice-controlled, keeping the driver’s hands on the wheel, and eliminating the potential distractions of pressing buttons on the central console.
With Harman Kardon audio, drivers and passengers will enjoy an excellent sound experience from any seat in the car. The Harman Kardon DSP amplifier in Class D technology outputs 360W sound to a total of 12 loudspeakers: five 26-mm tweeters in the front and rear side panels, five 100-mm ALumaprene mid-range speakers, also in the front and rear side panels, and – a first in the F56 – two 217-mm central bass woofers beneath the front seats.
“We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with MINI in the latest MINI F56,” says Michael Mauser, President Lifestyle Division, Harman. “This will be the first-ever MINI to include a head-up display – and it’s testament to the reliability and innovative strength of HARMAN that MINI has chosen our solution to mark its debut into the HUD segment. Drivers can also expect a rich infotainment experience that is perfectly integrated with the new head-up display.”
The new MINI F56 with the head-up display and infotainment unit by HARMAN can be seen at the Geneva Autosalon at booth 6371 in hall 6.
HARMAN at Geneva Motor Show 2014:
Visit HARMAN during the Geneva Motor Show 2014 at its joint booth 6240 with Rinspeed in hall 6 for a demonstration of HARMAN’s portfolio of infotainment and in-car audio solutions.