Dinesh Paliwal

Harman International Industries Inc said it will not be affected by Apple Inc's plans to offer voice activated real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn navigation in cars.

"A car has a seven-year life cycle while a phone lasts for 14 months or 18 months, so no car would integrate a complete phone-based application," Chief Executive Dinesh Paliwal told Reuters.

He said luxury cars - a market that Harman mainly caters to - will always come with embedded infotainment systems, which can then be paired with smartphones.

Harman announced Wednesday that Samsung veteran Dr. I.P. Park has joined the company as executive vice president and chief technology officer. Dr. Park will join the company Feb. 1 and report to CEO Dinesh Paliwal.

Harman International Thursday announced that it posted a loss of $317 million in the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a $43 million profit the same time the year before.

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