Automakers are key players in satellite radio.
How it works
Satellites broadcast 100 channels of CD-quality sound to special radios.
Reception is constant anywhere in the United States.
Consumers pay subscription fees of about $10 per month.
Music channels will be commercial free; talk channels will have some commercials.
The FCC has licensed two satellite radio services.
Sirius Satellite Radio, New York City.
XM Satellite Radio, Washington, D.C.
Both services have formed alliances with auto companies that will put their radios into new vehicles beginning next year.
Sirius - Ford and DaimlerChrysler are investors. BMW and Mitsubishi also will install Sirius radios.
XM - General Motors and American Honda Motor are investors. Saab, Isuzu and Suzuki also will install XM radios. Primary suppliers of radios for Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai and Kia have agreed to manufacture XM radios.
Combined with telematics service, satellite radio could offer:
E-commerce shopping from your car
Navigation and traffic advisory service tailored to your location