First in-car Web radio announced by MINI
March 4th, 2010
RadioTime, Inc, a developer of technology for finding and listening to radio online, today announced that MINI has integrated the RadioTime web radio service into its MINI Connected option, which offers a unique USB interface for optimum integration of the Apple iPhone in the car’s audio and infotainment system. The MINI Connected option makes MINI the first car manufacturer in the world to offer this function in a regular production car.
The MINI Connected option features a web radio function based on the RadioTime directory that leverages the iPhone’s Internet connection to tune to thousands of AM/FM and Internet-only radio stations worldwide. Sitting in a MINI networked through MINI Connected, the driver can tune to web radio stations airing anywhere in the world and regardless of his current location, depending on Internet connection and network coverage. The driver chooses his station the usual way through the car’s audio and infotainment system, making the controls convenient and safe while driving.
“Drivers love radio because it’s free and requires no registration or setup, but accessing Internet radio used to require patching a smartphone into a car’s existing sound system, and fiddling with a smartphone’s controls,” said Bill Moore, CEO, RadioTime. “Now, instead of looking at your smartphone screen, you can use the dash display and MINI Joystick to tune to web radio. Radio has always been an integral part of our cars, and we’re opening up the world of music, news, talk, sports and entertainment that only web radio can offer.”
For more information on RadioTime and the MINI Connected option, visit http://inside.radiotime.com/bmw.
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