Two more automakers, Lexus and Toyota, are launching vehicles with the HD Radio Artist Experience feature incorporated into their in-dash infotainment systems.
The 2014 Lexus IS with the new feature is on dealers’ lots now and multiple 2014 Toyota vehicles are soon to follow including, the Corolla, Tundra, Tacoma, Sequoia and 4Runner, according to iBiquity Digital.
They join other automakers with vehicles that are already feature Artist Experience including, the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and multiple Volkswagen and BMW vehicles. More automakers are expected to launch Artist Experience in coming months, according to the digital radio technology developer.
Artist Experience adds a visual component to the HD Radio AM and FM radio listening. It gives broadcasters and automakers with large display audio systems the ability to show images of album covers, station logos and artists on the receiver screen.
IBiquity Digital President/CEO Bob Struble says Artist Experience provides consumers compelling content and helps stations build their brands. More than 900 stations now support Artist Experience.
Thirty-three automakers have publicly announced plans to incorporate HD Radio technology in a total of 170 models by year-end with more than 80 models featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment.