After cars, digital radio technology is now transforming bikes

Globally, HD Radio works with Jeep, Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, KIA, Honda, Mazda, Nisaan, Volvo and Volkswagen

New Delhi: As the world shifts from analog radio technology to digital radio technology, automakers are gradually shifting gear to equip cars and bikes with the latest technology in music, live traffic data, seamless transmission. , wireless charging and emergency alerts, among other features.

According to Ashruf El Dinary, SVP, Digital Platform at US-based Xperi Corporations, the switch from analog to HD radio – the world’s most deployed commercial digital radio system – has been an exceptional experience among drivers. of the whole world.

“The HD Radio system exploits the ‘white spaces’ between the allocated transmit frequencies to transmit additional audio channels and programming on the same broadcast infrastructure and the same antenna system. HD Radio broadcasting enables broadcasters to compete with pure digital platforms and meet consumer expectations – rich experience, ”Ashruf told IANS.

Globally, HD Radio works with Jeep, Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, KIA, Honda, Mazda, Nisaan, Volvo and Volkswagen.

The 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric also offers free HD Radio traffic data.

Kona Electric has the sports technology features including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system; a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster; six speaker audio system with HD radio provides live traffic data, seamless transmission, emergency alert, song artist information with all the details a reader sees on the touch screen.

In September of this year, the company partnered with BMW Motorrad, where HD Radio successfully deployed an HD Radio receiver on the 10.25-inch digital dashboard display of the new Transcontinental BMW R 18 2022 bike. – a first for the company.

“BMW Motorrad continues to be ahead of the innovation curve when it comes to the consumer experience and makes sure their motorcycle owners have the listening experiences they want,” said Jeff Jury , Xperi SVP and CEO of Connected Car, in a statement.

The base model of the BMW bike is priced around $ 25,000.

HD Radio technology is currently available from over 40 manufacturers on 200 passenger vehicle models in over 75 million vehicles. It also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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