Las Vegas - Jan 9, 2013 - During the 2013 CES, iBiquity Digital touted expanded support for HD Radio from a wide array of automakers. There are now 29 automotive brands that currently offer or have announced plans to offer HD Radio audio, traffic or data features. Now that many automakers have launched HD Radio for the digital AM and FM audio features, many OEMs, including Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi are planning to use the digital broadcasts to receive traffic and data information as well.
Many automakers are now focused on launching HD Radio advanced features like iTunes Tagging, Artist Experience and Digital Traffic and Data. Itunes Tagging implementation has increased significantly, as more than 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 now offered by VW, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and BMW, and additional automakers, including Lexus and Toyota, have radios in development with plans to offer the feature in the coming months.
Car manufacturers are also focusing on the new digital traffic and data services offered through HD Radio broadcasts; Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi became the first automakers to announce the integration of HD Radio to receive both audio and digital traffic services. Two service providers, Clear Channel and Nokia, have built nationwide networks to broadcast real-time traffic and data information using the HD Radio system. Nokia has partnered with a group of radio station companies called the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium (BTC), while Clear Channel uses its own radio stations to support its Total Traffic Network.
Several carmakers are expanding their commitment to the digital dashboard by including HD Radio: Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, 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.