Tag: android auto

01/05

Here’s How Radio Gets MORE Important In Cars

I have written extensively about the challenges radio will have in cars with a dashboard which is built to sync with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. I have also written a lot about what happens to radio when cars drive themselves (hint: It gets ugly). But there's another force out there and it's a force in the other direction. And that force is your own voice. Ford has announced an integration between their Sync platform and Amazon's Alexa voice control system: [Starting] this summer, drivers will be able to talk to Alexa in their Ford vehicle to ask questions, look for destinations, … [Read more...]

11/08

Now Any Car Is An Android Auto

The evolution of the car dashboard: It's all some folks in radio want to talk about. Understandably, since such a large fraction of radio listening happens while driving. But isn't it just the nature of disruption to change the conversation all at once? And that's what happened today with the news that consumers wanting Android Auto no longer need to wait to buy a compatible car to use the platform. Now the platform is coming to them! More accurately, Android Auto software will run entirely on an Android phone, thus circumventing the stodgy and finicky infotainment system ordained by … [Read more...]

10/11

Apple CarPlay And Android Auto Are About To Explode

I have written a lot about the coming transformation of the auto dashboard and my belief that, in the long run, it will be the domain of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - that these platforms will squeeze out most alternatives. Why? Because consumers will exert their will on automakers and demand that their dashboards are not only as powerful as their smartphones but that they are identical to them (at least within the constraints of driver safety, a sacrifice any driver understands even if he doesn't respect it). This will become even more true when cars self-drive and the passengers are … [Read more...]

08/25

Radio: Why Connected Cars Don’t Matter

From Radio Ink: While the radio industry grapples with what it should be doing about the connected car, there may be some comfort in knowing consumers are still a bit baffled by the connected car as well. Nielsen’s new AutoTECHCAST report shows that nearly one-third of consumers have never heard of these technology-enabled vehicles. “These consumers don’t know what connected cars do, and are not associating vehicle brands with infotainment badging.” Both the auto and radio industries still don't get it: What's connected isn't the car, it's the consumer. You should take no comfort in … [Read more...]

03/23

If Radio Wants to Matter in the Cars of the Future…

Remember when buying a new car meant more than buying an entertainment system that also happened to contain wheels? In other words, remember when you bought the car, not the entertainment system? No longer. Watch this TV spot for the new Kia Optima. It compares the entertainment system "in most mid-size sedans" to a Rubiks Cube. The solution to that problem? Apple CarPlay! So doing stuff via your entertainment system in your car "is as easy as it is on your iPhone." This strategy will last right up until Apple CarPlay (or Android Auto) is embedded into every auto dashboard. … [Read more...]

05/06

How Many Cars will be Dashboard-Powered by Google and Apple?

There's much interest and much consternation about the entry of Google and Apple into operating-system extensions for the car dashboard with Android Auto and CarPlay, respectively. According to BI Intelligence: By 2020, nearly 40 million cars will be using Android Auto and 37.1 million will be using CarPlay, and that will cover nearly all cars launching connected car services, according to BI Intelligence estimates. That conclusion springs from a premium-priced report from BI Intelligence. The report goes on: CarPlay and Android Auto will be especially useful for expanding the reach … [Read more...]

01/04

Your New Auto Dashboard Debuts This Month

In a preview of CES, The Hollywood Reporter cuts to the chase - the most fundamental reason why the technology of the car dashboard is bound to change no matter what the power players of the radio industry desire: Car buyers—particularly millennials—are no longer as susceptible to the [auto] industry’s traditional marketing tropes of styling, horsepower and handling. Instead, they see the car as an extension of their digital lives, and increasingly demand that it mesh seamlessly with their smart phones, tablets and other personal tech. A Compass Intelligence survey of smart phone-owning … [Read more...]

06/30

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which - like Apple's CarPlay - aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for radio? Well let's take a step back. Broadcasters have been obsessed over the dashboard lately because they smell big trouble. But the trouble is much bigger than whatever you're sniffing, gang. Here is my assessment of where we are and where we're heading. … [Read more...]

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