US: VW to offer HD Radio

Volkswagen of America has announced that select models equipped with the DVD navigation system will enable drivers to enjoy an upgrade in digital entertainment with HD Radio Multi-casting technology.

Volkswagen is further investigating the opportunity of bringing HD Radio to its latest touch-screen radio system on future models. HD Radio features added content and format choices, along with more music, news and talk — all in crystal-clear sound.

Available to 85 percent of Americans, HD Radio broadcasting is the digital upgrade of local AM and FM radio stations. Nearly 2,000 stations are already broadcasting using the crystal-clear HD Radio system, with 1,000-plus additional new multicast channels (HD2/HD3) that are exclusive to HD Radio listeners.

The HD Radio platform also allows radio broadcasters to offer data delivery, supplying text information with song titles and artist names, as well as real-time traffic/weather updates, movie listings, sports scores, stock quotes, school closings and emergency alerts.

Source: VW.

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