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Visteon gives drivers a jump HD radio

Portable HD radio makes Jump to the car

On show for the first time at this year's SEMA 2006 in Las Vegas is the HD Jump, a transportable radio receiver from Visteon that enables drivers to take their HD radio on the road.

The HD Jump connects to car's audio system either with an auxilliary input jack or--for those cars without an aux-in--via an FM band. The device has an integrated monocromatic display that displays real-time artist, song title, and station information. It also comes with its own dock for mounting on the dash.

With more than 3,000 radio stations now broadcasting in HD, and many delivering multiple channels on the same frequency, HD is set to become a big deal in the in-car entertainment world. BMW is the only manufacturer that offers HD as a factory-installed feature of its audio systems, but that is about to change as nine manufacturers having committed to offering HD in a total of 49 models by 2009.

In the interim, the HD Jump is offering non-Beamer-owning early adopters the chance to get HD radio while on the move. The HD Jump comes with a docking-cradle for your car. It is expected to become available in the first quarter of 2007 for about $200.

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