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Demofahrzeug von OSK und HARMAN zeigt Audio-Zukunft im Auto

Heralding the future of in-car audio

Novel sales tool for HARMAN’s SUMMIT Next smart audio platform

For the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2017 OSK teamed up with HARMAN to create an imaginative sales tool that wowed both prospective customers and the media in Las Vegas. A technically sophisticated demo car enabled visitors to take a virtual test drive while enjoying the sound and look of the innovative SUMMIT Next audio system.

The challenge was to simulate an on-the-road test drive in an entirely static presentation, and to replicate sound effects that normally come to the fore only in a moving vehicle or in the presence of certain road conditions. OSK therefore collaborated with HARMAN’s acoustic experts to design a demo car that took its occupants on a virtual, lively road trip from Las Vegas to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Authentic product experience for potential customers

Continuous images were projected onto the interior window surfaces of the stationary vehicle to create the perfect illusion of motion. Even without the aid of VR glasses, the occupants could enjoy a 360° panoramic view of the passing landscape – exactly as though they were actually traveling in a car. They were likewise immersed in sound field reproduction from all sides, which generated the exclusive SUMMIT listening experience. An exciting feature of the sound system is its ability to transport the vehicle’s occupants into the natural surroundings they see outside their windows, by sonically recreating actual environments such as a forest, the beach, thunderstorms and more. The perfectly harmonized sounds, projections and lighting effects in the confined space of the demo car suitably reinforced the effect.

The new sales tool played a major part in the success of HARMAN’s appearance at the CES:

•  Initiation of around 2,000 sales meetings with more than 4,000 attendees
•  +1.3 billion media impressions
•  +670 media & analyst touchpoints @ CES
•  +5,75 Mio. social media impressions
•  social media audience of 2.75 million (year-on-year increase of 244%)
•  + 410,000 online video viewings (year-on-year increase of 390%)

•  Judged best experience in the publicly accessible area of the HARMAN booth
•  Numerous follow-up appointments with RFQs for the system from leading OEMs