Internet Car Radio? Sweet!

Our cars have become extensions of our living rooms and now, thanks to internet technology, are extensions of our offices as well. One area where that technology is expected to really begin to grow is via the car radio. Yes, internet car radio that is!

Internet Car Radio Technology

Blaupunkt Internet RadioEarlier this year at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, miRoamer and Blaupunkt announced that they had formed a partnership to bring internet car radio technology to the masses. That partnership promises to introduce the world’s very first Internet car radio, giving drivers access to the world’s largest and most diverse selection of Internet radio content through their car stereo. Sweet!

“The beauty of Internet car radio is the customized user experience,” said George Parthimos, Founder and CEO, miRoamer. “Today, users want to jump in their car and go – no pulling out third-party devices or plugging in cords to access their music and information. miRoamer’s development with Blaupunkt is the first seamless Internet radio solution. Now, with the simple push of a button, users can access AM/FM stations or Internet radio’s thousands of music, entertainment, news and talk stations from around the world, all from the same car stereo.”

The Blaupunkt internet radio will allow drivers to tune into miRoamer’s tens of thousands of radio stations, getting a feel as if they’re there. Users’ favorite Internet radio stations can be easily chosen by means of clearly arranged information on a large screen display, enriched by leading edge performance in terms of car multimedia and consumer electronics connectivity.

Blaupunkt Stereos With miRoamer Technology

“The move to develop an Internet car radio solution is a new paradigm and a real starting point for in-car digital media,” said Robert Demian, Head of Global Sales, miRoamer. “miRoamer was the first and remains the only true digital media platform. By partnering with Blaupunkt, who has always been recognized as the first to introduce new and innovative products to the car audio markets, consumers now have access to all of the great benefits of Internet radio in their car, while experiencing unparalleled sound quality and reliability that is far superior to what they are accustomed.”

“Integrating Blaupunkt stereos with miRoamer technology was a logical step in creating a truly multimedia driving experience,” said Dr. Gerhard Pitz, Head of Product Center, Car Radio, Blaupunkt. “Drivers will be able to use all the features they’re familiar with, such as phone, address book, Bluetooth and navigation, but with the first Internet radio, driven by miRoamer, we are able to offer them the ability to tune into the world.”

Currently, miRoamer offers the ability to browse genres or stations and customize preferences, providers and search options online at miroamer.com. The Internet portal also allows users to add media that is not currently offered on miRoamer, by simply providing the URL and adding it to their favorites.


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Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan has maintained his love for cars ever since his father taught him kicking tires can be one way to uncover a problem with a vehicle’s suspension system. He since moved on to learn a few things about coefficient of drag, G-forces, toe-heel shifting, and how to work the crazy infotainment system in some random weekly driver. Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.

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