Since its introduction in June, the Pioneer AppRadio—that displays apps on the radio—has performed well, says Pioneer, so it introduced at CES a full family of AppRadios, including the new AppRadio 2.0 that works with Android AND iPhone apps.
Pandora may be becoming a standard on every major OEM infotainment system, but all-you-can-eat subscription music services haven't gained the same momentum or widespread adoption. MOG is aiming to change that with automotive partnerships with BMW and Mini, but its just-announced tie-up with Aha Radio extends MOG's reach even further, and it has wider implications – not just for the on-demand music service, but for Aha Radio as a whole.
We first heard about Pioneer's AVIC in-car units back at CES earlier this year, but earlier today, the company was kind enough to drive a Land Rover up to my curb here in Los Angeles, and I checked out the system in action. The main unit, as you can see in the picture above, is a pretty standard touchscreen in-dash interface -- you can use it to flip between any in-car audio or video controls you have, and of course, it has a built-in GPS unit and can do all of the usual navigation things, like give you a route or check traffic.
I’m really missing the good old days where you could buy a car and the sound system remained up to date for as long as you owned it. And if you bought a used car, you could update the sound system with components. With the current technology advances, you generally buy a new car today with a sound system that could be as much as 5 years out of date, depending on when the line was last refreshed. Even worse, the sound systems are so integrated that upgrading them is near impossible. Harman’s Aha radio may be the answer we haveclie been looking for.
COMPUTERS can be upgraded with software and peripherals, and smartphones are able to add new functions by downloading an app. So why not a similar capability for the device that wields more processing power than either of those?
That would be your car, of course.
Know where you're going, plus text and Tweet and Facebook your face off from the driver's seat. Enid Burns investigates the latest in-car Apps.
Ryan Sperling of bnetTV talks to Robert Acker of Aha Radio at the 2011 CES in Las Vegas and gets a overview of the company and what they do.
Smartphones offer many useful apps for drivers, but these very same apps can be a distraction. Harman steps in with an app designed to make smartphone functions safer to use in the car. The free Aha Radio app, which is limited to the iPhone, monitors traffic, Twitter, Facebook, and plays podcasts.
Harman used the Detroit show to market Aha, which connects the car with Internet radio stations, Twitter, Facebook and more. Drivers can use voice commands to Tweet and to post things on Facebook while keeping hands firmly at 10 and 2 on the wheel. Just don't tell the driver-distraction crowd.
The new Pioneer heads simply link to an app called Aha Radio on a connected smartphone and allow voice control of the app. This not only allows Facebook and Twitter posts to be read aloud in a robotic voice, but it also provides traffic reports, restaurant reviews, podcasts, Internet radio and a feature called Carioke for when you want to get your Glee on -- and sing out to the rest of the world.