While Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work well as standalone systems for consumers, these systems do not provide all the infotainment sources consumers want, according to the research firm Strategy Analytics.
Though declining, usage of and interest in traditional radio is still primary. Apps such as iHeartRadio and TuneIn could eventually fill this void, but consumer awareness and usage of these apps is not yet widespread. Using large amounts of monthly data allowances to stream local radio is also unlikely to sit well with consumers.
Time does indeed march on. One of the first things I noticed when I slipped behind the wheel of a 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited was the lack of a CD player. Not surprisingly, they are on the way out; however, the car does have USB and AUX ports, and should be able to accommodate a portable player if all that’s accessible via Bluetooth isn’t enough.
In fact, pairing a phone with the Chrysler’s UConnect multimedia system was reasonably fast and easy, as was playing music from the phone. Other infotainment choices immediately available were AM/FM radio, and SiriusXM. The car comes with a one-year SiriusXM subscription.
UIEvolution, Inc., which specializes in connected screen solutions, has launched an HTML5 automotive reference application for iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s free digital radio service.
The HTML5 Reference App implements iHeartRadio’s current native app experience, providing automotive partners an easy-to-implement solution for embedding more than 1,500 live radio stations from across the country, plus the ability to create custom stations in the car.
“Our Evolution Platform takes a complex technical idea – extending the iHeartRadio app into more vehicles – and turns it into the best user-experience possible,” said UIEvolution president and CEO Chris Ruff. “We are proud to work with iHeartRadio in providing a fully connected consumer experience in-vehicle.”
General Motors announced a flexible application framework that will allow drivers to add apps and features to their vehicles after the initial purchase, allowing vehicle infotainment systems to improve over time. The framework enables vehicle application programming interfaces, or APIs, for developers, allowing them to interact with and build upon the infotainment systems in GM vehicles.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced iHeartRadio integrations in Chrysler Group and General Motors (GM) vehicles and a new made-for-driving application, “iHeartRadio for Auto” (iHeartAuto) that will enable seamless and standardized access to the iHeartRadio digital music platform. iHeartAuto launches with support for select aftermarket auto entertainment products.
Beginning this year iHeartRadio will be available in-dash on select Chrysler Group vehicles equipped with Uconnect Access Via Mobile. Once a user connects their compatible Apple or Android smartphone with the Chrysler Uconnect Access App, drivers can control and personalize their iHeartRadio listening experience directly through the dashboard touch screen.
By Jan Stojaspal, Telematics Update
Greg J. Ogonowski is headed for what he calls a “high-class headache.” As president of Modulation Index, a two-man outfit based in Diamond Bar, California, he is the man behind StreamS HiFi Radio, a unique audio player capable of streaming high fidelity sound over most EDGE/3GPP cellular networks, thanks to a sophisticated compression technology called High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC).