A 2014 Subaru Forester showcases the automaker’s new in-car connectivity and infotainment system, dubbed Starlink, at the 2013 Consumer Electronic Show this week.
Starlink uses the vehicle navigation system to control smartphone apps. Among the system’s features will be the integration of Harman’s Aha radio service, which allows access to approximately 30,000 Web-based stations and podcasts as well as on-demand music services including Slacker, MOG, and Rhapsody. Other features include free audio books; TripAdvisor hotel recommendations and Yelp dining recommendations; weather, surf, and local park information as well as audio newsfeed from Facebook and Twitter. While STARLINK is designed to work with the ever-evolving Aha service, the automaker plans to make the system compatible with other content providers.
“Aha gives drivers an easy, inexpensive, and safe way to interact with information from their smartphone device without touching it while driving – the simple-to-use interface is transferred to your vehicle navigation screen automatically,” said David Sullivan, Subaru’s Cross-Car Planning Manager, in a release.
On vehicles with navigation systems, Starlink will debut in the 2014 Forester and as a running change in 2013 Legacy and Outback models, while 2014 Impreza, BRZ, and XV Crosstrek models get the new feature this summer.
Like Ford, Honda, and Subaru, Porsche is also offering Aha as part of the automaker’s new Online Services option, which is available on models equipped with the latest generation of the Porsche Communication Management system. On U.S.-spec models, the feature is a $210 standalone option. A Porsche Cayenne GTS with Online Services and Aha will be shown at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.
Source: Subaru, Porsche