BMW 5 Series drivers to experience HD Radio technology

BMW 5 Series drivers to experience HD Radio technology  
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Technology, BMW
on 06/12/2006

Source: BMW Group

In the fall of 2005, BMW announced an industry first with the application of HD Radio (TM) technology as an option in its 2006 7 Series and 6 Series models. This innovative technology is available now on 2007 Model Year 5 Series. This digital technology, developed by iBiquity Digital Corporation, provides one of the most significant advances in radio broadcasting history. This technology offers radio broadcasters and listeners enhanced digital audio quality and clear, noise-free reception. Many AM and FM stations across the USA have started employing the HD Radio (TM) technology to broadcast both in analog and digital formats.

The benefits of the HD Radio (TM) broadcast include:
• Enhanced sound quality on digital AM stations.
• CD-like sound quality on digital FM stations.
• Clear reception with no static noise, hisses or pops.
• Possibility to receive streamed data, including artist and song information, from those radio stations that provide such content within their digital broadcast.

More than 800 radio stations in the US are currently broadcasting primary signals in HD Digital, reaching 75% of the U.S. population, expanding to 1200 stations and 90% of the population by the end of this year. A list of radio stations can be found at the following link.

The HD Radio (TM) option marks another historic first for BMW. The 2007 5 Series along with the 2006 7 and 6 Series are the first production cars in the world to offer this leading edge technology, adding to the many technological and design innovations BMW has pioneered so far in the US and worldwide.

The HD Radio (TM) option has a Suggested Retail Price of $500.

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