HD Radio™ Technology Rides A Wave Of New Vehicle Announcements At The LA Auto Show
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
HD Radio Technology adds more vehicles, more audio and traffic features and the 29th automaker
Columbia, Maryland – December 6, 2012 – iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, announced after the Los Angeles Auto Show the addition of more vehicles, new features and the 29th automaker to offer HD Radio Technology. The momentum continues as Acura, Ford, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru all announced new vehicles including HD Radio Technology at the LA Auto Show.
- Acura – Announced the 2014 RLX will include HD Radio Technology as a standard feature.
- Ford – Announced the launch of the 2014 Fiesta with MyFord Touch and HD Radio Technology.
- Hyundai – Announced the all-new three-row 2013 Santa Fe SUV, which will be the first Hyundai vehicle with the HD Radio iTunes Tagging feature.
- Mazda – Announced three new vehicles, all to include HD Radio Technology. The 2013 CX-9 is the first Mazda vehicle to come standard with HD Radio Technology. The 2014 CX-5 and all-new Mazda6 will also be available with HD Radio Technology.
- Mitsubishi – Made the biggest splash during the show by becoming the 1st automaker to announce the integration of HD Radio Technology for delivering real time traffic information and becoming the 29th automaker to include HD Radio audio features in the upcoming 2014 Outlander.
- Subaru – Announced HD Radio Technology availability on the 2014 Forester.
HD Radio Technology is the digital evolution of AM and FM radio and delivers significant benefits for drivers: crystal-clear sound quality; additional digital only local FM channels known as HD2/HD3 Channels; PSD - Program Service Data, which displays song title and artist name on the radio screen; iTunes Tagging allows listeners to store song information with the touch of a button for later purchase and download through iTunes; Artist Experience which enables images that match the audio content to be displayed on the radio screen; and now, subscription free lifetime traffic and data information sent directly to a vehicles radio or navigation system. HD Radio Technology is subscription free broadcast radio.
Jeff Jury, Chief Operating Officer of iBiquity Digital said, “Los Angeles is a high profile stage to kick off the auto show season and car makers increased their commitment to HD Radio Technology by including us in many important product announcements. 2013 will be another year of tremendous growth for HD Radio Technology with additional vehicles making our technology standard. In addition, new advanced HD Radio features like Artist Experience and digital traffic information will become more available to consumers.”
HD Radio Technology is available nationwide, with more than 2,150 digital stations on-air, and over 1,400 HD2/HD3 digital only channels that broadcast fresh new content that can only be heard with an HD Radio receiver. A sampling of the formats on these extra channels, which vary in different markets around the country, include Dance/Electronica, Bluegrass Country, Comedy, Local Music, Chill/Coffee Shop Music, South Asian, Talk, News, and Sports, to name just a few.
29 automakers have now publicly announced plans to incorporate HD Radio Technology in 150+ models by year-end with more than 70 models featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment.
Keep watching for more HD Radio information at www.hdradio.com.
About iBiquity Digital Corporation
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 and unique FM content via HD2/HD3 channels, crystal-clear sound and data services 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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Note to editors: HD Radio™ and the “HD Radio” logo are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corp. The “HD” in HD Radio™ is part of iBiquity Digital’s brand name for its advanced digital AM/FM system. It does not mean hybrid digital or high-definition digital; both of these are incorrect.