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Cadillac Adopting HD Radio

10/13/2011 03:18:00 PM Eastern
Columbia, Md. - HD Radio will be available in Cadillacs for the first time in calendar 2012 as part of Cadillac's new Cue infotainment system, which sports what is said to be the first capacitive touchscreen from an automaker.

Cue will appear first in the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan and then move to additional new models, said HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital.

With the announcement, 20 automotive brands are offering or have announced plans to offer HD Radio as a factory-installed feature, iBiquity said. They include Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, MINI USA, Rolls-Royce, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Cadillac's Cue system features Nuance speech recognition, two USB ports, iPod/iPhone compatibility, SD card slot, XM radio, and support for the Pandora Internet radio, and Stitcher Internet news and podcast apps. It's said to deliver 3.5 times more processing power than competing OEM infotainment systems.

Cue also features Bluetooth hands-free and stereo Bluetooth.

More than 2,300 AM and FM stations broadcasting HD Radio signals, and the FM stations are multicasting a total of 1,300 HD2/HD3/HD4 multicast channels, iBiquity said.
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