iHeartRadio Announces Deals With Chrysler & GM, New "iHeartAuto" App
January 7, 2013
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has announced an expansion of iHeartRadio across the automotive industry with its integrations in Chrysler Group and General Motors (GM) vehicles and a new made-for-driving application "iHeartRadio for Auto" (aka iHeartAuto) which will enable seamless and standardized access to the iHeartRadio digital music platform. iHeartAuto launches today with support for select aftermarket auto entertainment products.
Beginning this year, iHeartRadio will be available in-dash on select Chrysler Group vehicles equipped with Uconnect Access Via Mobile, the company’s suite of sensible connectivity features. Once a user connects their compatible Apple or Android smartphone with the Chrysler Uconnect Access App, drivers can control and personalize their iHeartRadio listening experience directly through the dashboard touch screen. iHeartRadio will also expand their auto integrations to select 2014 GM infotainment systems, with more details to be released tomorrow.
iHeartRadio for Auto will offer "a simple, safety-minded user-interface designed to provide seamless access to iHeartRadio’s more than 1,500 live radio stations from across the country while in-vehicle." The new iHeartAuto app will also allow users to create Custom Stations inspired by their favorite artists or songs and provide easy in-vehicle access to a variety of other iHeartRadio features. iHeartAuto launched today with support for Clarion Smart Access cloud server products, Pioneer’s AppRadio platform of products including AppRadio 2 and Kenwood’s connected receiver DNN990HD. The new app will also offer a new developer protocol that provides manufacturers a standardized, easy-to-implement means to connect to the iHeartRadio platform.
"Our integrations with Chrysler Group and GM vehicles along with the availability of the new iHeartAuto app make it easier for users to access their favorite iHeartRadio stations no matter where they travel," said Brian Lakamp, President of Digital for CCM+E. "iHeartAuto is an exciting application that enables new partnerships and more importantly, simplifies access to iHeartRadio in a way that is designed to minimize driver distraction while giving our listeners easy access to their favorite stations through a consistent and seamless experience."