Subaru and Honda have shacked up with Aha Radio to bring streaming Internet tunes to your vehicle's cabin. According to Engadget, the system is expected to show up as an option on the 2013 Subaru BRZ. Users will need to have the Aha Radio app installed on their iOS or Android smartphone. The system then uses the device's data connection to stream the application straight into the head unit via Bluetooth or a USB connection. Information like pre-selected favorites and station preferences will be displayed and accessible via the built-in touchscreen interface.

Drivers will also be able to command the app using steering-wheel mounted controls, which is always a plus. Engadget says the user interface is workable enough for daily life. The site was able to get a brief data connection while on the floor at CES – just long enough to flip though a few stations and make a quick video. Hit the jump to check it out for yourself.



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      • 2 Years Ago
      Taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice shades and collection of LiveStrong bracelets. Surprised he's not wearing and Ed Hardy tee shirt.
      genxplayer411
      • 2 Years Ago
      ah, the next way they have found to drain our data plans.
      VictorRaikkonen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Type your comment hereThe only thing I could focus on is how much of a douche he looked like presenting this video in those shades.
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another gadget to poke at while you're trying to preserve your life at 70 MPH. Sheesh!
      Csaba Szalontai
      • 2 Years Ago
      I FAIL to see how is this any way safer than using your phone.People don't die using their radio because all they can do is change the station and put more volume on it. Now you can read engadget on your radio... YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY you are safe now! Yepp.... Can't wait to facetweet on my radio! Online radio? YES! Anything else? Just as much distraction like using your phone. Actually you can raise your phone front of you head so at least you see if someone will hit the break ahead of you. ( While choosing a radio station on your phone)
      gallandof
      • 2 Years Ago
      apart from showing the song info on display, how is this any different than syncing your phone to bluetooth and streaming via A2DP? my android's play all my music (regardless of app i use) via bluetooth to my 2011 WRX and can be controlled via the steering wheel controls. nevermind the above, after watching the video it seems like the service is more about being able to choose what can be conrtolled via the car remotely, via your phone. the music streaming just seems to be one of the other features.
      phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stuff like this makes me glad I have unlimited data from Sprint. However systems like this have me worried about the futureproofing of these vehicles for all we know Apple could go under in 10 years and Google has moved above and beyond Android and nothing 10-20 years from now will be compatible with this car
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @phillip
        10 to 20? Try more like 2 to 3 years! The average car on the road today is about 11 or 12 years old - there is no chance in hell that even 1/2 these apps will be around in a decade, and yet more and more carmakers are throwing this crap into their cars. Enough with this sh!t already. Just give me a USB and AUX port and give me hardware buttons and let my phone do everything else.... when I upgrade my phone, I'll get all new features and tools that I can use. But what are you going to do when this stereo runs a 5 year old version of Android and none of these apps are supported anymore?
      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      No buttons on my wheel, thanks anyway. http://image.motortrend.com/f/35864518+w786+ar1/2013-Subaru-BRZ-interior.jpg