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Jeep, Infinity Introduce First Models to Include HD Radio

Thirty-one automakers now offer HD in the dash in cars sold in North America

Jeep and Infiniti introduced their first vehicles featuring an HD Radio receiver in the dash this week at the North American Auto Show.

Infinity announced the new Q50 will be the first vehicle in the automaker’s lineup to include HD Radio technology as standard on the vehicle.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee will be the first Jeep to offer the technology as well.

Chevrolet said the 2014 Corvette Stingray will offer HD Radio technology while Lexus launched the 2014 IS, which will be the first vehicle on the road with HD Radio delivered traffic in addition to the audio.

IBiquity Digital COO Jeff Jury says 31 automakers have publicly announced they’re including HD Radio technology in their North American vehicles in a total of 160 models by year-end. More than 80 models feature HD Radio receivers as standard equipment.

The year 2013 promises more expansion with more automakers including the technology in more models, including new features and increased standardization, he said.