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Cadillac Adopting HD Radio

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.