Ford has paid an undisclosed amount to acquire Detroit-based Livio with the goal of better augmenting its capabilities in the world of smartphone connectivity.
You may not think much about how you interact with your local FM radio broadcasters, but Livio is working to make it easier.
This high-end FM transmitter is ideal for cars that lack an auxiliary input or Bluetooth. It's packed with features and normally costs a lot more.
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Livio's Kit is no standard FM transmitter. It also has the ability to take direct control of the developer's Internet radio app for iPhone and Android.
Livio Radio is making a big push into car Internet radio market this July with a $99.99 Bluetooth head unit called the Kit that plugs into your cigarette lighter adapter and also offers USB charging and a built-in speakerphone.
The Grooveshark Bluetooth Car Kit isn't the best hands-free calling option and its app integration needs finessing, but the hardware is an easy way to bring Internet radio and smartphone audio playback to almost any car.
Today's optional equipment can become tomorrow's standard feature as cars evolve.