How wired for music are today's cars? According to a survey released last week by iSuppli Corp., more than half the automobiles sold in the U.S. next year will have at least an option for iPod connectivity.
The research firm found that 58 percent of cars sold in 2009 will have "optional support" for Apple's devices, up from 39 percent this year.
“The automotive industry is at the point where in-vehicle technologies—or the lack of them—are influencing sales,” Phil Magney, iSuppli's vice president of automotive research, said as part of the release of the survey. "The charge toward greater technological integration has been led by car OEMs like Hyundai and Honda, which are making USB/iPod combination interfaces standard on many of their vehicles."