Aha finds a home in Porsche, Ford, and Chrysler

At CES 2013, Aha Mobile, a cloud-connected service from Harman, announced new integration with Porsche, Ford, and Chrysler vehicles.

Aha Radio
Aha offers audio channels that include music, news, articles, books, and even local destination search. Aha

LAS VEGAS--One of the most successful services at CES 2013 would seem to be Aha, which added Porsche, Ford, and Chrysler as partners. Harman, Aha's parent company, boasts the service will be available in cars from more than 10 automakers.

Aha offers 30,000 Internet-based stations in its lineup, from music to podcasts to news. It includes audio-based location search services for restaurants and coffee shops. Users can listen to Facebook and Twitter updates from their personal accounts. Aha is also available through the Aha Radio app for iOS and Android.

Ford has added Aha to its roster of apps compatible with Sync AppLink. To use it, drivers will need to have the app running on an iOS or Android device in the car. They will be able to select channels and perform searches using voice command and dashboard controls in the car.

In Porsche cars, Aha will be integrated with the Porsche Communication Management system, which includes navigation and digital audio. A spokesperson for Aha said that the service will also enable Google location searches in Porsche vehicles.

Chrysler will integrate Aha into its Uconnect infotainment system. Kia is also demonstrating a prototype of Aha integration.

Over the last year, Aha has appeared in Subaru, Honda, and Acura vehicles. These include the Subaru Forester and Outback, and Honda Accord . It will also be integrated into upcoming Subaru Impreza, BRZ, and CrossTrek models. Kenwood and Alpine also include Aha in certain aftermarket stereos.

Griffin announced today it would include Aha in its iTrip FM Transmitter .

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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