The Berlin-based audio streaming startup AUPEO! won the innovation prize in In-Vehicle Accessories-Control-Navigation at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
AUPEO! was started in 2008 and acquired by the Panasonic Group in April 2013 for an undisclosed amount. It offers personalized online radio with selected music stations and lets users receive music recommendations. While last.fm, Spotify, and 8tracks work on similar platforms, AUPEO! apps connect to in-car entertainment systems, e.g. in Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Mini automobiles. AUPEO! apps are available on iPad, iPhone, Android, Symbian, and Nokia devices.
CEO Holger Weiss mentioned to the Berliner Morgenpost in December 2014 that the company wants to become “a kind of Twitter for cars”. Morten Faust, Head of Product Development, explains: “The Personal Radio from AUPEO! offers content from five sources: music, news, traffic updates, sports, and weather.”
A premium offer for €4.99 offers extra features including no advertising, better sound quality, and skipping 50 songs.
The Innovation Prize at CES was given in 28 categories. Categories include Portable Media Players and Accessories, Portable Power, Smart Home, and, for the first time this year, Safe Driving.