Harman is the No. 1 maker of automobile infotainment systems that integrates navigation, safety solutions, media and smartphone connectivity. It also makes high-end audio systems.
When the opportunity for a deal with Samsung arose over the summer, Paliwal said he discovered the two companies had complimentary technology, such as high-end display, 5G connectivity and artificial intelligence.
"Totally complimentary. Put it all together, we can have a proof of concept which is ready to go in L3/L4 connected autonomous driving experience," Paliwal said.
Moving forward, Paliwal added that he plans to double down in cybersecurity. He believes that the threat has now extended into individuals homes, cars and personal devices. However, he is excited about Harman being a subsidiary of Samsung in the future.
"I'm actually super excited to run this company with all the synergies from the deep R&D, which will actually accelerate the R&D and innovation that we have been driving," Paliwal said.