Ford adds Slacker support to in-dash Sync system

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:10pm

SlackerFord's smartphone-friendly Sync system now supports Slacker's mobile apps. Drivers can now control Slacker playback through dashboard controls and via voice commands, said Ford.

Slacker's Android and BlackBerry apps are currently supported, with the iPhone app pending approval.

Ford's in-dash Sync system already supports iHeartRadio and Pandora.

Slacker also today announced that it has partnered with ABC to launch new "lifestyle" stations. They'll focus on such topics as healthy living, relationships, employment, fashion and technology. ABC's news sources will power the stations, which should arrive in 2012.

You can find more info from Slacker's press release here.

In-dash system supports Pandora and iHeartRadio, will be offered for 2012 Tacoma, Camry and Prius V

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:00am

Toyota's Entune system, with Pandora and iHeartRadio picturedToyota's Entune in-car Internet radio system will be offered with the 2012 Tacoma, Camry and Prius V. The announcement marks yet another major car manufacturer bringing web radio to consumers' dashboards. Toyota is promoting its Entune system, along with the new Prius V, on a nationwide tour that runs though December.

"At launch, [Entune] will include more apps than other automakers' systems," writes CNet (here). The system supports Pandora and iHeartRadio -- along with various other apps -- via a Bluetooth-connected iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device. Toyota says (here) the system will also support general Bluetooth streaming (presumably allowing users to listen to any Net radio app through a Bluetooth-ready mobile device), USB connectivity, satellite and HD radio.

Like Ford's Sync system (which supports also Pandora and iHeartRadio), drivers will be able to control playback with voice commands. Otherwise, the system uses an in-dash touchscreen display. Engadget reported earlier this year (here) that Entune will be free for the at least the first three years (the cost will reportedly be "included with the factory navigation option," at least in the Prius V). 

Toyota debuted Entune in January during CES (RAIN coverage here). It then won CNET's "Best of CES" and Popular Mechanics "Editor's Choice" awards.

Ford, BMW, Mini, Mercedes, GM, Smart and other car-makers also offer in-car web radio features. You can find our in-car Internet radio round-up here.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:00am

iHeartRadioCNet reports that iHeartRadio's BlackBerry app is now compatible with Ford's in-dash Sync system. That means drivers can listen to Clear Channel's iHeartRadio content and control playback via voice commands.

Ford also supports Pandora's BlackBerry app and says "many other app integrations are in the works," according to CNet (here).


Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 12:00pm

Ford was one of the first carmakers to bring Internet radio to the dashboard, but — according to a new concept video — it has plans for even deeper integration.

The video shows off Evos, a concept cloud car of the future, which is capable of changing Internet radio stations based on your location, driving style, time of day and more. You can find Ford’s concept video from GigaOM here.




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