Enthusiasts


Fall 2009 Forward to a Friend

Subaru and Bluetooth Technology
Bluetooth Screen

Media Hub with Audio Streaming

Available Subaru Media Hub with audio streaming features the ability to receive music wirelessly from your compatible device and play it through the vehicle’s audio system. In most cases, you can even advance to the next track using the steering-wheel or radio controls. You must have a compatible device that has built-in Bluetooth music streaming capability to enjoy these wireless features.

Keep in mind that Media Hub with audio streaming does not support hands-free calling. Also, you cannot have both Bluetooth streaming audio and Bluetooth hands-free calling in the vehicle at the same time. A Bluetooth device can only pair with one other device at a time.

IN 10TH-CENTURY DENMARK, KING HARALD BLATAND UNITED REGIONAL DANISH, NORWEGIAN, AND SWEDISH GROUPS AT WAR WITH EACH OTHER. BLATAND TRANSLATES AS BLUETOOTH IN ENGLISH, WHICH IS THE NAME USED BY A GROUP OF MANUFACTURERS IN THE COMPUTING, TELEPHONE, AND AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES FOR TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS THEIR PRODUCTS TO WORK TOGETHER WITH WIRELESS CONNECTION.

You’ve heard of Bluetooth, and you might have a cellular phone, computer, or music player that has Bluetooth technology. Subaru does, too, and it’s standard on 2010 Legacy and Outback models with harman/kardon®2 audio systems, standard on 2010 Forester and Impreza models with navigation, and available as an accessory (BlueConnect®) on all Subaru model lines by the end of 2009.

The purpose of this article is not to give you step-by-step instructions for using Bluetooth technology in these vehicles, but to talk about some of its capabilities and how it works.

RADIO WAVES

The basic technology that makes Bluetooth work dates back to the 1940s. Of course, that technology has been updated significantly with computer-chip technology for today’s applications. Bluetooth itself was invented in 1994 by the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson. Under the code name Bluetooth, Ericsson and a number of electronics manufacturers formed the Special Interest Group (SIG) to maintain and develop Bluetooth technology.

In concept, one Bluetooth device communicates with another via radio waves that are effective to a distance of approximately 33 feet (10 meters). Therefore, radios in appropriately equipped Subaru vehicles can receive signals from Bluetooth cell phones and the new Subaru Media Hub with audio streaming.

BLUETOOTH TELEPHONE FEATURES

Once a Bluetooth telephone device has been “paired” with the vehicle audio system – synchronized to work together – controls mounted on the steering wheel and radio or navigation control panel can be used to handle telephone conversations. When a telephone call is initiated either by the caller or from inside the cabin, audio for whatever medium is playing mutes to carry the conversation on the vehicle’s speakers. A cabin-installed microphone picks up the driver’s side of the conversation.

Using a Bluetooth phone has a number of advantages. Telephone conversations are hands-free, so the driver can keep his or her hands on the steering wheel. In addition, the system supports voice recognition, so voice commands initiate calls.

Phone

Control buttons on the wheel provide fingertip operation, and on-screen readouts contribute to minimized distraction. The phone’s list of names can be displayed as well, along with incoming call history.

Because the technology is wireless, there’s less clutter in the passenger cabin. Cables are eliminated, and the phone can be kept in a pocket or purse.

HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL

Bluetooth enhances convenience in making telephone calls and playing music. Make full use of the vehicle’s Bluetooth capabilities so that you can keep your hands on the steering wheel and your mind on the road.

Be sure to read Owner’s Manuals, instruction sheets, and, especially, warnings concerning operation of Bluetooth devices.

1 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
2 harman/kardon is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.