Aha's web radio service coming to Acura dashboards

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 11:40am

Aha's iPhone appHarman's Aha web radio service will be integrated into the 2013 Acura RLX, the companies recently announced. Aha offers a directory of Internet radio stations (including Slacker), as well as podcasts, social media newsfeeds and other on-demand infotainment content (more here).

Acura drivers will need to connect a smartphone to their dashboard through Bluetooth to use Aha. The service is also coming to Subaru and Honda dashboards, as well as through aftermarket Pioneer and Kenwood head units.

Aha GM and Vice President Robert Acker will discuss in-car web radio at RAIN Summit West, which takes place in less than a week. He'll join Sandhi Kozsuch of Cox, Carl Rohling of TuneIn, Jake Sigal of Livio Radio, Dan Steiny of Live365 and moderator Sam Milkman of knowDigital on "The Connected Dashboard" panel. Find out more here. has more coverage on Aha's deal with Acura here.

Mercedes and Acura unveil in-car web radio systems

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 11:00am

Mercedes' A-Class dashboard systemMercedes and Acura have unveiled new in-car entertainment systems that include web radio integration.

Mercedes-Benz's entertainment system for their A-Class (pictured) includes dashboard support for AUPEO! radio (like Pandora for Europe, more here and here). The platform can also be controlled using an iPhone's Siri system. Other highlights include "an iPad-like floating display screen."

Meanwhile, Acura has announced the 2013 RDX's entertainment system will include Pandora integration. Acura will also offer, as an add-on, a 60GB hard drive built-in to the RDX.

Both manufacturer's systems require a connected smartphone, and -- as both include Bluetooth audio support -- should be able to play just about any web radio service.

CNet has more coverage on the Mercedes A-Class here and Motor Trend has more on Acura here.

Plenty of web radio-sporting models to be found in Chicago Tribune's "must-see" list for Chicago Auto Show

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 12:45pm

Toyota's NS4 concept carThe Chicago Tribune's thorough list of "vehicles not to miss" at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show includes quite a few models that support Internet radio.

There's the 2013 Acura ILX, for one, which will be debuted at the auto show and includes in-dash Pandora support. And the 2013 Ford Fusion will include the web radio-friendly SYNC system standard.

The Code 130R and Tru 140S concept cars from Chevy apparently boast built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, while Toyota's NS4 hybrid concept (pictured) includes an in-dash multi-touch screen to control everything from music to A/C.

The Tribune also recommends checking out the 2013 Buick Encore, 2013 Cadillac ATS, 2013 Ford Escape and the Toyota Prius c -- all of which can stream Internet radio in some way. You can find the Tribune's article here.

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