Motorola today announced its Internet radio prototype called iRadiotm, a revolutionary concept in in-vehicle information and entertainment via wireless Web access. The company will unveil iRadiotm, the latest DigitalDNAtm technology from Motorola, at the Consumer Electronics Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 6-9, 2000 (booth #19119 in the Sands Expo & Convention Center).
A smart technology to be offered by automakers, Motorola’s iRadiotm will enable drivers to capture music on demand; listen to real time traffic reports; download audio books; access voicemail; receive the latest news and weather reports; get updated stock portfolio information and access email. These off-board mobile multimedia features will be delivered wirelessly via Web access, satellite, digital cellular, and FM sideband technologies.
“Motorola’s iRadiotm will bring a wireless Web connection to cars, transforming the driving experience,” said Marios Zenios, General Manager and Corporate Vice President, Motorola’s Telematics Communications Group. “It offers automakers one more way to make driving more exciting and convenient.”
“iRadiotm is designed to make Web content easy to access, manage and control,” Zenios added. “And all iRadiotm communications can be done hands-free, which means drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”
The framework for iRadiotm is built upon the safety, security, navigation and concierge services already being delivered to drivers today through Motorola telematics capabilities, which combines wireless voice and data technologies, global positioning systems (GPS) and automotive-grade software.
Complete with voice recognition and text-to-speech technologies, iRadiotm is essentially a wireless Web client device which allows organized, easy access to content originating from multiple sources, whether via the Web, cellular communications, broadcast and satellite transmissions, or traditional AM/FM bands, among others. It’s the new heart of smart cars.
A fully scalable system, iRadiotm will provide drivers with a range of service levels, from basic to premium packages, much like ordering Cable TV. In addition, a personalized Web page will enable iRadiotm to be configured anywhere drivers and passengers have an Internet connection — at home, in the office or the car. For drivers with mobile devices including pagers and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), data such as address books, calendar functions, and favorite Web bookmarks can be synchronized on demand between iRadiotm and the device.
“Motorola’s iRadiotm will dramatically change the concept of the car radio,” said Joe Guglielmi, Executive Vice President and President, Motorola’s Integrated Electronic Systems Sector. “It is designed to efficiently manage the recent explosion of content now available in the car. With the first car radios, Motorola helped bring AM/FM radio into the car almost 60 years ago. Today, with iRadiotm, Motorola brings the wireless Web to the car.”
Motorola’s iRadiotm will be made available through automotive manufacturers and other selected partners in the in-car entertainment and telematics marketplaces.
Motorola is currently working with industry partners, including mobile audio and satellite content providers such as Command Audio and XM Radio, to enable automakers to bring drivers the best automotive communications technologies available on the market today. The company is scheduled to announce additional strategic partnerships in early to mid-2000.