HD Radio Gets Automotive Push

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HD Radio Gets Automotive Push

Aug 21, 2008 12:46 PM

Columbia, MD - Aug 20, 2008 - Ibiquity Digital notes that automakers, auto dealers and aftermarket retailers are all taking steps to promote HD Radio. Robert Struble, president and CEO of Ibiquity Digital says, "We're at an inflection point. HD Radio automotive offerings abound and are widely available for vehicles at all levels."

The list of automakers offering factory-install radios has grown. Those offering HD Radio receivers as factory-installed equipment are BMW (entire product line, including 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series models, as well as X3, X5, and Z4), Ford (all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles), Hyundai (Genesis rear-wheel drive premium sports sedans), Mini USA (Mini Cooper and Cooper S hardtops), Toyota (Scion), Volvo (C30, C70, S40 T5, S80, V50 T5, V70, XC70 and XC90 models) and Jaguar (luxury XJ sedan).

Hyundai Motor America is offering HD Radio equipment standard with its navigation-equipped 2009 Genesis models.

Ford Motor Company's Accessory Group has an upgrade program for most models using products from AAMP of America's Peripheral brand. The Peripheral products allow for control of the HD Radio tuner and an Ipod directly from the factory radio. The Peripheral product consists of the PXAMG Gateway, HDRT HD Radio Tuner, Ipod cable and vehicle harness. Additionally, Peripheral announced that its Gateway and HD Radio tuners are available for installation on various models of Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Isuzu, Lexus, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, Scion, Toyota and VW.

Alpine, Boss, Dice, Dual, Insignia, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony and Visteon all offer mobile HD Radio products. Alpine (TUA-T550HD), JVC (KT-HD300), Kenwood (KTC-HR200) and Pioneer (GEX-P10HD) offer HD Radio tuners that are compatible with many of their aftermarket radios.

Among those with multiple aftermarket receivers, already integrated with HD Radio technology are Dual (XHD6420 and XHD6425) and Jensen (HD5112, HD5212, VM9312-HD (both with others models coming to market soon), and JVC (KD-HDR30, KD-AHD39, KT-HDP1).

Alpine will soon ship its TUA-T550HD HD Radio tuner. The HD Radio tuner connects to the Alpine IDA-X100, IDA-X100M and the IVA-W505 head units to introduce Itunes tagging into the mobile environment.