Sirius XM confirmed that it will be rolling out its satellite radio 2.0 technology starting at the end of the year. Two new SXM 2.0-equipped radios will start the launch, and early next year one auto manufacturer will release a 2013 model year vehicle equipped with the new technology, according to an article in CE Outlook.
Satellite 2.0 is Sirius XM's next-generation product, and its answer to Internet radio products. The company's new Android platform integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Internet technology, will enable OEMs, including auto manufacturers, to update software without requiring hardware upgrades, the article reports. Of course, you'll need a head unit that uses the SXM 2.0 platform to take advantage of that benefit.
Sirius XM confirmed earlier speculation that it will offer personalized music choices as a way to compete with Pandora's ability to build customized channels. CE Outlook reports that the new system will also offer subscribers up to five hours of time-shifting on most channels, additional channels to help target the Hispanic market, and on-demand programming.
Source: CE Outlook