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Harman builds premium infotainment for the Mercedes S-Class and other models (Photo; Harman)

LAS VEGAS -- Harman unveiled a next-generation automotive infotainment platform that offers an HTML 5-based application environment.

The premium audio and infotainment group said the platform will allow for faster development of connected apps and offer better network security. The system also integrates advanced driver-assistance functions. It will be in production cars within two years, the company said.

Sachin Lawande, president of Harman's infotainment division, said in-vehicle infotainment has so far not offered the option to download apps as easily as people do on a mobile phone. "This new platform offers users the customizability and upgradability they know from other devices.”

Harman announced the new platform at the CES consumer electronics show here. The exhibition officially opens Tuesday.