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HearHere Radio Joins the Connected Car

Rivet News Radio now available in Jaguar, Land Rover models

Rivet News Radio in the Dash

The connected car’s digital listening space just got a little more crowded: Chicago-based HearHere Radio has jumped into the fray.

At the Paris Motor Show, the company announced its curated content discovery app Rivet News Radio will be available to stream in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles via JLR’s InControl Apps audio system. Bosch Automotive Technology, which supplies the hardware for JLR’s infotainment system, selected Rivet as a preferred app.

As of this month, Jaguar F-type and XE sedans will offer integration with the app, and Rivet News Radio will be available for all JLR models in 2015.

Rivet News Radio was launched in 2012 and features curated stories from Rivet, the Associated Press and other news outlets.

“We bring smart, bite-sized information to listeners, and give listeners more access to headlines on-the-go,” said HearHere CEO John MacLeod. “From the start, we designed Rivet with drivers in mind, ensuring simple integration of our listeners’ personal news streams with hands-free infotainment units.”

The in-car Rivet app syncs with the driver’s smartphone app. The mobile version can be downloaded via the iTunes store or Google Play. Both are available for free, but the Android app is still in beta.

Another curated in-dash news offering on the market is NPR’s News app, available for Chevrolet and Opel vehicles. Apple’s CarPlay also features Stitcher, another curated news app.

Ahead of Friday’s announcement, MacLeod offered his thoughts on the future of what he calls “smart audio.”