Dice Electronics and Livio are teaming up to offer aftermarket integration kits that will enable a vehicle’s factory-installed sound system to play thousands of Internet radio stations through a connected iPhone.
At January’s International CES, Dice and Livio will launch a Livio Car Internet Radio app and an optional user-installable firmware upgrade for new Duo and MediaBridge vehicle-specific integration kits.
When the upgraded kits are added to select factory radios, users will be able to select, display and play thousands of Internet radio stations through an iPhone connected to the kits via USB cable.
Upgraded MediaBridge kits will be available for Acura, Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Scion, BMW, Mini, Nissan, VW and Audi vehicles. The Duo will be designed for BMW, Mini, Toyota, Scion, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, and VW.
The Duo and MediaBridge kits will be rolled out beginning early January, with kits for all of the above vehicles available in the first quarter.
The downloadable Dice firmware and the Livio Car Internet Radio app will be available in the first quarter at a price to be announced. The Duo and MediaBridge are user-updatable via USB.
The Duo kits will retail for a suggested $189 and begin shipping in January.Upgradable versions of the company’s currently available MediaBridge kits will retail for a suggested $299 and ship in the first quarter.