New York - Acura has become the third automaker to adopt Harman's Aha infotainment technology, which lets users stream web-based content into their factory infotainment systems.
Aha enables streaming of Internet radio stations and other web-based content, including on-demand music, live news, podcasts, audio books, Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds, personalized points of interest information, and the like.
Subaru and Honda previously announced plans to offer Aha in 2013-model-year vehicles, and Ferrari is "doing some development work" with Harman on Aha, a spokesperson said. Aha is also available in aftermarket Pioneer and Kenwood head units.
In the Acura vehicle line, Aha will be integrated into the infotainment system of the 2013-model-year Acura RLX, which will use a Bluetooth-connected smartphone to connect to the web. When users leave the car, they can continue to enjoy their content from an Aha smartphone app. The Aha service is currently live in the US, Canada, and Western Europe.
Harman is also working with one other automaker to launch model-year 2013 vehicles with Aha.