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JBL® Introduces Smartbase, Making Vehicles Smarter and Safer

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Jan 17 2017

In-vehicle Bluetooth, hands-free communication kit packed with easy-to-use driving assistant tools and advanced communication technology

CES 2017, Las Vegas – January 4, 2017

JBL Introduces Smartbase, Making Vehicles Smarter and SaferHARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced JBL Smartbase, a Bluetooth, hands-free communication kit for vehicles.

The JBL Smartbase transforms a smartphone into a personal driving assistant that mitigates distractions and provides users with a safer, more convenient driving experience. Once installed on the dashboard, the driver attaches their smartphone to the device to easily make calls, play music, access navigation apps and send messages through the JBL Smartbase’s voice control features supported by Siri and Google Now.

JBL’s patented VoiceLogic Noise and Echo Noise Cancellation technology means drivers never have to worry about the quality of a conference call taken away from the office. The technology significantly reduces background noise when the car windows are open or the rooftop is down, delivering superior audio quality for phone calls.

Drivers with the JBL Smartbase can also utilize safety technology features often found in the latest car models on the road. The integrated award-winning iOnRoad Android and iOS app provides a range of personal driving assistance functions including augmented driving and “black-box” like video. In addition, the JBL Smartbase works with Advanced Driver Assistant System apps to add lane departure and front collision warnings as well as traffic signal recognition technology, video recording capabilities and vehicle location options.

“Today’s drivers are increasingly distracted on the road, so we wanted to create a hands-free communication kit that allows them to stay connected in a safe and convenient way,” said Jeffery E. Fay, VP and GM of Car Audio Aftermarket at HARMAN. “The JBL Smartbase provides motorists with the newest, best in class technologies so they can drive safer and smarter, no matter the car model.”

JBL Smartbase Features:

• Award-winning iOnRoad personal driving assistant app
• VoiceLogic – exclusively patented noise cancellation technology
• Wired and Qi wireless charging versions available
• Bluetooth version 4.1
• Works with Advanced Driver Assistant System apps on smartphone
• Voice control with customization that supports Siri, Google Now
• Micro suction cup cellphone holder
• Easy on dash installation

Technical Specifications:

• Power input: 12V, 2.0A
• Transducer: 2 x 33mm
• Rated power: 2 x 5W
• Frequency response: 100Hz to 18KHz (-6dB) Signal-to-noise ratio: >80dB
• Support: A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.5, HFP V1.6
• Bluetooth® transmitter frequency range: 2402 – 2480MHz
• Bluetooth® transmitter power: 0-4dBm
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 67mm x 144mm x 131mm
• Weight: 580g

Pricing and Availability:

The JBL Smartbase will be available for purchase for $149.95 for a wired charging version and $199.95 for a wireless Qi charging version at JBL.com and authorized retailers March 2017.

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About HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $7.0 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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