Indianapolis – Rolls-Royce became the second
car maker to announce it will offer HD Radio as a standard feature across all
its 2010 models, joining Volvo.
Mercedes-Benz said it will add HD Radio to all 2010 models with premium feature
packages. These include the E-class coupe, and E-, CL-, CLS-, S- and SLK-class
models with HD Radio include the Phantom series, said iBiquity, developer of HD
Radio. Rolls-Royce began offering HD
Radio in vehicles in 2007.
Other car makers
offering HD Radio either as optional or standard equipment in some models
include Audi, BMW Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Mini USA
HD Radio stations
are available to 85 percent of the U.S. population, according to
iBiquity. More than 2,000 HD Radio stations are on the air, and many of the FM
stations are multicasting more than 1,000 HD2 and HD3 programs simultaneously
with their main program.