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Xperi Explores Hybrid Radio at NAB

Also gives first demo of Connected Radio and HD Radio working on an Android-based platform

Xperi at the NAB Show is highlighting its “hybrid radio” platform as well as connected-car implementations with partner companies Karma Automotive and Panasonic.

DTS Connected Radio is a hybrid platform that pairs over-the-air services with IP-delivered content. The company says it aggregates metadata such as artist and song info, program info and station contact info from broadcasters into an API that provides a cohesive visual look in vehicles. The idea is to enable car makers to create a common, enhanced radio experience across different analog and digital broadcast systems deployed regionally.

The firm has been working on it for several years and said last fall that the platform would soon be integrated into the cars of a “major global automotive brand.” Recent additions to the platform include event discoverability, on-demand content, voice control services and greater customization options.

Xperi is demonstrating live metadata across 16 markets operating through Connected Radio in real time. It is also showing how DTS Connected Radio is experienced in various markets and vehicles, as well as how the platform can work with Amazon Alexa smart speakers for voice control capabilities.

At the convention’s In-Vehicle Experience pavilion, the company is showing how DTS Connected Radio would look integrated into a Karma Revero electric vehicle, and it is giving the first demonstration of Connected Radio and HD Radio working on an Android-based platform, with integrations from Panasonic, Qualcomm, Google and Xperi.

On the HD Radio product side, Xperi says 60 million HD Radio receivers are now on the road. It is highlighting new automotive receiver demos from Mercedes, Toyota, FCA and Hyundai, and home AV receivers from VQ, Sangean, Sparc and Outlaw.

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