iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, announced that the 2014 Mazda3 is the first Mazda vehicle to launch integrated audio and free traffic flow images using Clear Channel's Total Traffic HD Network (TTN) and HD Radio Technology. The 2014 Mazda3 is available in dealerships now. The redesigned Mazda3 features a new display audio system that incorporates the latest HD Radio audio and data features including Artist Experience, allowing listeners to view images such as album art on their information screens and itís even complete with free traffic maps, showing drivers green, yellow and red flow patterns, all delivered by HD Radio stations across the country.
Jeff Jury, Chief Operating Officer of iBiquity Digital, stated, "Mazda is a great partner and we are pleased to announce that they have joined the growing list of automakers to recognize and use the HD Radio digital data pipe to deliver subscription-free traffic information to their new display audio system. The Mazda3 is sure to be a class-leading vehicle and Mazda included all of the latest HD Radio audio features like Artist Experience for their tech-savvy drivers. Mazda and the entire automotive industry are adopting the latest HD Radio audio and data features very quickly driving the transition of over-the-air AM & FM broadcasting to a digital future."
Thirty-three automakers have now publicly announced plans to incorporate HD Radio Technology in 170+ models by year-end with more than 80 models featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment. Mazda joins Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi on the rapidly expanding list of automakers to integrate digital traffic and data services in addition to the audio entertainment features offered by HD Radio Technology.