Streaming Web video and audio have been around for years, but 2012 seems to be shaping up as a pivotal year for Internet media.
Remember when Aha Radio's claim to fame was robotic text-to-speech reading of Facebook status updates? You've come a long way, baby.
At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Aha by Harman announced a handful of new content and hardware partners, the ranks of which include Subaru, Honda, and Kenwood.
2012 will be the year of the connected car if Pioneer has anything to say about it. During today’s press conference, Pioneer revealed a variety of new products including two new navigation systems, in-car touchscreen displays, and new smartphone-powered audio systems. The company’s revamped in-car audio system, AppRadio 2, was unveiled.
What do drivers do as the car increasingly becomes connected? Honda, Subaru, and Kenwood have made a choice: they're turning to Aha, a Web platform by Kardon.
Aha announced partnerships with Honda and Subaru - including the BRZ prototype - for the 2013 model year at the Consumer Electronics Show here. The deals will bring the Aha technology into their vehicles, to let drivers interact with Web-based content right through the radio.
Subaru of America, Inc. and Aha by Harman, the first interactive platform that makes web content safe for drivers, have announced a partnership that will use the Aha platform to bring Web-based content into Subaru vehicles to letting drivers interact with web-based content through their radios. Subaru is one of the first automotive manufacturers to integrate Aha’s service into its vehicles.
Those who have Pioneer’s AVIC-X930BT and AVIC-Z130BT in-dash units would already have a good idea of what Aha Radio can do. The partnership between the two cemented the app as a viable platform, but the main reasoning behind it was likely because it’s meant to be car-friendly to begin with.
The line between your car and home entertainment center is getting blurrier by the minute as electronics makers and car companies take to the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 and the concurrent Detroit Auto Show to strut their stuff. Amid the flurry of announcements, one thing is clear: Car makers and their partners think drivers want entertainment at their fingertips. Or better yet, at their spoken command.