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As the world shifts from analog to digital radio technology, automakers are steadily shifting gears towards equipping cars and bikes with latest technology around 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 shift from analog to HD Radio -- the most successfully deployed commercial digital radio system worldwide -- has been an outstanding experience among the drivers the world over.
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"The HD Radio system leverages ‘whitespace' between allotted transmission frequencies to transmit additional audio channels and programming on the same broadcast infrastructure and antenna system. HD Radio broadcasting allows broadcasters to compete with the pure-play digital platforms and meet consumer expectations for a media-rich experience," Ashruf told IANS.
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Globally, HD Radio is working 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 tech features including an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system; a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster; a six-speaker audio system with HD Radio provides live traffic data, seamless transmission, emergency alert, song artist information with all the details what a drive sees on the touch-screen display.
Globally, HD Radio is working with Jeep, Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, KIA, Honda, Mazda, Nisaan, Volvo and Volkswagen.Unsplash
In September this year, the company partnered with BMW Motorrad, where HD Radio has successfully deployed a HD Radio receiver on the 10.25-inch digital dash display of the new 2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental bike — a first for the company.
"BMW Motorrad continues to be ahead of the innovation curve when it comes to the consumer experience and making sure their motorbike owners have the listening experiences they want," Jeff Jury, Xperi SVP and general manager, Connected Car, had said in a statement.
Automakers are steadily shifting gears towards equipping cars and bikes with latest technology. Unsplash
The base model of the BMW bike is priced at nearly $25,000.
HD Radio technology is currently available from more than 40 manufacturers across 200 passenger vehicle models in more than 75 million vehicles. It also supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. (IANS/SP)
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Toyota Motor Corp has announced that it is building a new $1.29 billion battery factory in North Carolina in an effort to bring some of its electric vehicle supply chain to the US.
Toyota announced that it will invest around $13.6 billion in battery tech over the next decade, including a $9 billion investment in production, as it attempts to electrify its vehicle lineup, reports The Verge.
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The new plant will initially be capable of supplying lithium-ion batteries for 8 lakh vehicles annually. In the first year, the firm is planning to produce 1.2 million battery packs for its upcoming lineup of electric vehicles
"This investment, which I believe is so far the largest private capital investment in North Carolina history... will create at least 1,750 new jobs and help us develop and localize automotive battery production which will pave the way for battery electric vehicles built here in the United States of America," the report quoted Chris Reynolds, the chief administrative officer for Toyota Motor North America, as saying.
The new manufacturing unit is expected to create 1,750 new American jobsUnsplash
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The new manufacturing unit is expected to create 1,750 new American jobs. The automaker emphasised it is committed to using 100% renewable energy at the new facility to produce the batteries.
Earlier, Toyota's subsidiary Woven Planet announced that it has completed acquisition of Level 5, the self-driving division of rideshare veteran Lyft.
Level 5 is a division of Lyft formed in 2017, specifically dedicated to self-driving technologies. In four years, the self-driving division has reached public road testing of its fourth-generation platform.
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Japanese car maker Toyota has launched a facility for fast tracking car loans to its customers in India within 30 minutes of their applying.
“The new service named ‘Tatkal’ loan enables our customers to get loan approval in 30 minutes of submitting the application,” Toyota Financial Services India (TFSIN) said in a statement on Thursday.
Touted to be a maiden industry initiative, TFSIN will use an automated system for speeding up the loan approval process.
Covering up to 85 per cent of a Toyota car’s ex-showroom price, the Tatkal loan offer will take into account a customer’s bank account and CIBIL credit score.
Toyota is extending the loan to any customer owning a house with the intention to buy the car for personal use, and holding an identity card, bank statement, residence ownership proof and a photograph.
Offering the loan service to its customers without personally being present, Toyota has opened the scheme on all its models to be availed remotely, as well as via tele-verification.
“With Tatkal loan service, we aim to make the car buying process simple, accessible and easy for all our customers. Submit the required documents and get a loan approved within 30 minutes,” Toyota Financial Services Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tomohei Matsushita said in the statement. (IANS)
Toyota will invest half a billion dollars into ride-sharing giant Uber as part of a deal for the two companies to work together on developing self-driving vehicles.
Toyota, one of the world’s largest car makers, is seen as lagging behind other companies, including General Motors and Google’s Waymo, in the autonomous-vehicle race.
Uber has already begun testing self-driving vehicles, but was forced to remove hundreds of autonomous cars from the road in March after one of its test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian on a street in Tempe, Arizona.
The deal between Uber and Toyota is an indication that Uber does not want to go it alone in creating the complex, autonomous driving systems.
Self-driving cars have always been important to Uber, which sees them as a way to reduce the cost of carrying passengers. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had insisted on developing a proprietary self-driving system, however current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been working to develop more partnerships for the company.
Uber has been doing safety evaluations since the March crash that killed a 49-year-old woman as she walked her bicycle across the street. The company took a step in July toward relaunching its vehicle testing in Pittsburgh, putting its self-driving cars back on the road in manual mode.
Toyota has been cautious in its approach to self-driving vehicles and has focused on partial autonomous systems. However, the company says it plans to begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020.
Both companies aim to work together to solve the huge challenge of how to design and mass produce self-driving cars, which use computers, cameras and sensors to guide the vehicles.
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Proponents of the new technology argue that self-driving cars will prove to be safer than human drivers because the cars will not get distracted and will obey all traffic laws.
Critics have expressed concern about the technology’s safety, including the ability of the autonomous technology to deal with unpredictable events. (VOA)