Sidney Harman

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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.

Following the death of company founder Dr. Sidney Harman earlier this month, Harman International is planning both a scholarship and a line of special products in his memory.

When speaking of Sidney Harman, who died last month at 92, executives from all types of consumer electronics companies found it hard to restrict their discussion to the usual tributes reserved for the industry pillars who built the foundations of this industry.

Dr. Sidney Harman, the founder of Harman International and one of the most prominent figures in the consumer electronics industry in the 20th century, has died at the age of 92.

Condolences and remembrances flowed in throughout the day on Wednesday from all over the consumer electronics world following news of the death of industry giant Dr. Sidney Harman. The founder of Harmon-Kardon, which became Harman International, the former CEO died Tuesday night of leukemia at the age of 92.

Sidney Harman, a 91-year-old audio pioneer, will be the new owner of Newsweek, The Washington Post Company announced after a two-and-a-half-month search.

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