Tag: connected car

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...]

12/22

What Many Broadcasters Still Don’t Understand

When I read trade headlines like "who will lead Radio?" the implication is that there is this silo called "radio" which is independent from and not subject to the constraints of every other silo in the media space known by every other label. But radio really is a gift of attention by those who are interested in our brands and in all their marvelous forms across all platforms. And gifts don't necessarily keep on giving. Tech guru Om Malik put this well: Media companies are those companies that have our attention — they can be social networks (Twitter), games (Farmville/Zynga or Candy … [Read more...]

12/12

What Radio Looks Like on Ford’s New Sync 3 for 2016

Never let it be said that the automakers don't listen to feedback, because when it comes to Ford's clunky Sync platform, they got an earful. And guess what? Ford responded. This week the automaker introduced the latest and greatest version of its Sync infotainment system, and it looks great. It will make its debut on at least some Ford 2016 models, meaning it will be in the showroom in the fall of 2015, just months from now. The primary value proposition of the platform has less to do with entertainment than it has to do with all the other problems faced by drivers as you can see in … [Read more...]

10/21

Surprise! Connected Car Users are Old and Rich!

Nielsen recently released a study that was not representative of the entire population. I know, so what else is new, right? Actually, this was their intention this time. It was a study of 5,985 respondents 18+ years old who either use or are extremely, very, or somewhat interested in at least one of the three connected life technologies—connected home, car and/or wearable technology. It is, in other words, the low-hanging fruit of the connected car market. The Connected Car Audience And who is this low-hanging fruit? The study found the majority are men (58%), 42% are age … [Read more...]

01/05

Predictions for Radio in 2014

Tom Taylor offered up some questions for radio to ponder in 2014. I thought I'd take this opportunity to answer them: 1. Connected car - friend or foe? Both - and neither. The connected car doesn't care about you, radio. It cares only about the consumers on the buying end of the auto transaction and, of course, the automakers on the manufacturing end. Radio will be of value in the connected car in direct proportion to the value radio brands provide to consumers. In a world crowded with choices, consumers will embrace them and even seek them out. Without doubt, this will come at the … [Read more...]

11/06

What’s the Future of Radio in the Connected Car?

What does the crystal ball predict about the future of the so-called "connected car" and radio's place in it? That was the purpose of my conversation with Toby Trevarthen, VP Monetization for Aha by Harman, a key provider of platforms and apps to automakers and the "connected" car. Here are two of the key questions I discussed with Toby: What will the auto dashboard look like in five years? What is the role of radio in the future of that dashboard? We talked about what's really on the horizon: a reimagining of the car and, more to the point, the time consumers spend in that car. … [Read more...]

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