Automakers Racing to Put Online Audio on the Road


        Radio on FacebookJoin us on Facebook

CNET's Wayne Cunningham is reporting that Japanese auto giant Toyota is collaborating with Clear Channel Radio and plans to integrate the broadcaster's iHeart mobile radio application into some of its product line as early as next year.

While details of exactly how iHeart online content will be accessed remain sketchy, auto industry observers say there are two possibilities: One option involves Bluetooth connection from a 3G/4G smart phone, while the other relies on provisioning an in-car network port for a mobile broadband USB data modem.

Either way, Toyota's move is seen by some as a response to Ford's success with its Sync digital audio system. Last week, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that Ford's Focus would be featured as the official car of the 2011 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) scheduled to open on Jan. 6 in Las Vegas.

Included among the Focus 2011 digital content suite will be a Sony HD Radio audio system and myFord Touch, a new iteration of Ford's Sync digital content management system, which allows steering wheel or voice command of video and audio functionality, and integral Wi-fi connectivity via a USB Mobile broadband modem port.

Toyota is reportedly planning to use CES as the launch venue for its new iHeart Radio app as well.




Acceptable Use Policy
blog comments powered by Disqus

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Today in Radio History

Milestones From Radio's Past

The history of radio broadcasting extends beyond the work of a few famous inventors.

Digital Edition

Each Issue as a Digital Edition

Read each issue online in our Digital Edition Format in your Web browser.

EAS Information More on EAS

NWS XML/Atom Feed for CAP Messages

The feed provides feeds for all US states and territories.

Wallpaper Calendar

Radio 2014 Calendar Wallpaper

Need a calendar for your computer desktop? Use one of ours.

The Wire

A virtual press conference

Information from manufacturers and associations about industry news, products, technology and business announcements.

Join Us Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn
Radio magazine cover

Current Issue

Powered by NASH: Cumulus Delivers Country From Nashville

Cumulus builds a new campus in Nashville to house its NASH family of brands

Browse Back Issues

[an error occurred while processing this directive]