HARMAN International is looking to bolster its connected car portfolio through the acquisition of Savari. Savari is located in Silicon Valley, and specializes in the development of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) solutions that leverage 5G and multi-access edge computing (MEC) tech.
For its part, HARMAN is planning to deploy Savari’s technology to improve the performance of its Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS), amongst other applications. The technology will facilitate communication between the car and the surrounding smart city infrastructure. It will also do the same when the vehicle tries to communicate with other connected cars, or with connected devices (such as smartphones) being held by pedestrians.
Savari’s technology is compatible with any radio that meets basic industry standards. HARMAN will acquire virtually all of the company’s assets through the deal, while Savari’s current workforce will stay on as part of HARMAN’s automotive division.
“The integration of connected cars, cities and devices is only possible through a comprehensive software and hardware stack including sensors, 5G connectivity, edge computing and more,” said HARMAN Automotive Division President Christian Sobottka. “Adding Savari’s technology and team of experts is an important component as we continue to build an open platform based on 5G and V2X, working with several partners across the industry to meet the unique needs of our customers globally.”
“HARMAN [has] the brand strength, scale and resources to accelerate V2X and 5G Edge platforms to market,” added Savari Founder and CEO Ravi Puvvala. “I look forward to working with their customers and partners to advance connected infrastructure and realize safer, more efficient transportation.”
HARMAN is a subsidiary of Samsung, and was responsible for developing the Digital Cockpit that the latter unveiled at CES 2020. The company would later offer its support for the Cerence Studio development tool, which makes it easier to build custom-branded in-car voice assistants.