HD Radio™ Technology Continues Momentum with More Vehicles and New Features
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Now 28 Brands Across 150 Vehicle Models
Automakers Geared Up To Support HD Radio Advanced Features
National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show, Dallas, TX – September 19, 2012 – iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, today announced expanded support for HD Radio Technology from a wide array of leading automakers.
The initial rollout of HD Radio Technology with its original features (Digital Sound Quality, HD2/HD3 Channels, and (PSD) Program Service Data) is now firmly established, and many automakers are now focused on launching HD Radio Advanced Features like iTunes Tagging, Artist Experience and Digital Traffic and Data. iTunes® Tagging popularity has exploded as over 20 automotive brands have launched or will offer the feature in upcoming months. Artist Experience, which brings visuals like album cover art to radio screens, is off to an impressive start. VW, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC are the first to offer the feature, and many additional automakers are hot on their heels with plans to offer the technology in the coming months. Car manufacturers are also focusing on the new Digital Traffic and Data services offered through HD Radio broadcasts. The future is bright for Digital Traffic, with multiple automakers supporting these new features and services.
“Our automotive partners are seeing increased demand from consumers for HD Radio Technology in their new vehicles,” said Bob Struble, iBiquity Digital President and CEO. “28 automakers are now offering HD Radio Technology in their vehicles, including 6 new brands this year alone. Importantly, we see an auto industry committed to offering consumers many new advanced features with HD Radio Technology. Automakers recognize the tremendous value that HD Radio Technology offers drivers and are including the new capabilities on more vehicles and in more radios then ever before. OEMs are introducing the latest features like iTunes Tagging, Artist Experience and soon we’ll see the first OEM implementations of HD Radio digital traffic and data services. We are excited to work with radio broadcasters to meet the growing demand for new HD Radio features.”
Several carmakers are expanding their commitment to the digital dashboard by including HD Radio Technology: Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Ram, Rolls Royce, Scion, SRT (Chrysler), Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo have all extended their commitments to the technology with new announcements, a mix of new vehicle launches, broader application, new services and standardization.
Six new vehicles equipped with factory installed HD Radio receivers will be on display at the HD Radio booth at this week’s NAB Radio Show in Dallas, TX. Vehicles on display include the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, 2013 Cadillac XTS, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2013 Lincoln MKS, 2013 Toyota Camry and 2013 Kia Soul.
Expanded Commitment & More Vehicles in Dealerships
Acura, HD Radio Technology will be standard on the new RLX
Audi, offered on all models, standard on some
Bentley, HD Radio Technology is standard equipment for all models
BMW, HD Radio Technology is standard equipment for all models
Buick, HD Radio Technology is standard on the 2013 Enclave
Cadillac, HD Radio Technology is a standard feature in the XTS and SRX models and available in the ATS.
Chevrolet, HD Radio Technology is standard on the 2013 Traverse
Ford, HD Radio Technology is offered on all models as part of the My Ford Touch™ and Sony® Audio and Next Generation Navigation Systems.
GMC, HD Radio Technology is standard on the 2013 Acadia
Hyundai, HD Radio Technology is standard on the Equus and Azera and available on the Sonata, Genesis Sedan, Genesis Coupe, Veracruz and Santa Fe. iTunes Tagging introduced on Santa Fe.
Jaguar, HD Radio Technology is standard on XF and XJ and available on XK
Kia, HD Radio Technology is available on Optima, Sportage, Sorento and Soul
Land Rover, HD Radio Technology is available on all models
Lexus, HD Radio Technology is standard on GS, LS and available on all 2013 models.
Lincoln, HD Radio Technology is offered on all models as part of the MyLincoln Touch™ with THX® Audio and Next Generation Navigation Systems. Standard on Navigator.
Mazda, HD Radio Technology is available on the 2013 CX-5
Mercedes, HD Radio Technology is standard on all models, including the C-Class and GLK-Class.
Mini, HD Radio Technology is standard equipment for all models
Porsche, HD Radio Technology is available on all models
Ram, HD Radio Technology will debut on the 2013 Ram 1500
Rolls Royce, HD Radio Technology is standard equipment for all models
Scion, HD Radio Technology is standard equipment for all models.
SRT (Chrysler), HD Radio Technology will debut on the 2013 Viper
Subaru, HD Radio Technology is offered on the Forester, Impreza, Outback, Legacy, Crosstrek and standard on the BRZ
Tesla, HD Radio Technology is standard
Toyota, HD Radio Technology is available on 15 models
Volkswagen, First to launch Artist Experience feature on the new Premium VIII radio. HD Radio Technology is available on all models
Volvo, HD Radio Technology is standard equipment for all models
More OEMs Make HD Radio Technology Standard
Bentley, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Rolls Royce, Scion, Tesla and Volvo all offer HD Radio Technology as standard equipment across their entire vehicle line-up. Other OEMs have committed to offering the technology as standard on specific models, including Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Subaru, Toyota.
HD Radio Technology Adoption Firmly Entrenched in the Auto Industry:
6 Additional OEM brands have announced plans to install HD Radio receivers as either standard or optional equipment since the 2012 CES Show in January including:
- Acura – Announced at the NYAS that the RLX would include HD Radio Technology standard.
- Buick – Announced around the NYAS that the Enclave would include HD Radio Technology standard.
- Chevrolet – Announced at the NAB Show that the Traverse would include HD Radio Technology standard.
- GMC – Announced around the NYAS that the Acadia would include HD Radio Technology standard.
- Ram – Announced at the NYAS that the new Ram 1500 would offer HD Radio Technology.
- SRT – Announced at the NYAS that the new Viper would offer HD Radio Technology.
About iBiquity Digital Corp.
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of HD Radio Technology, which is fueling the digital radio revolution in the United States and around the world. The digital technology enables broadcasters to offer new HD2/HD3 FM channels through multicasting, crystal-clear sound and data service on both the AM and FM bands – all free, with no subscription fee. Leading broadcasters, consumer electronics manufacturers, automakers and retailers are committed to HD Radio Technology. iBiquity Digital is a privately held company with operations in Columbia, MD, Auburn Hills, MI, and Piscataway, NJ. For more information, please visit www.hdradio.com and www.ibiquity.com.
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