Tag: in-car

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...]

02/03

Apple and Google Want the Car Dashboard – Now

Dear Radio Listeners: Apple and Google want you! Even (and perhaps especially) when you're in your car. Here's a video showing some of the navigation functionality of the "coming soon" iOS upgrade: But don't imagine that the functions will be limited to maps and directions. From 9to5Mac: iOS in the Car is a feature that allows customers to attach an iOS device to a compatible car center console via either wireless protocols or over a USB cable. An iOS interface for managing Maps, Messages, and Music appears on the car’s display. And the Daily Mail adds: ...the iOS in the Car … [Read more...]

07/25

How to Beat the New Car Dashboard

All this fretting over the evolving car dashboard is so much ado about the wrong stuff. Okay.... A flood of new content is coming. Lots of it is already here. There is no way to keep it out because consumers don't want it out. The primacy of radio on the car dash is officially a thing of the past. So let's begin by accepting that fact. Further, being on new platforms in the new dash is fine, but we're already on the platform that is most familiar and most used - the "radio" one. The fact of life for radio is that while every other content player has everything to gain by accessing the … [Read more...]

03/13

Radios Ripped from New Cars? “Not So Fast,” say Consumers

You can climb down from the ceiling now, Mr. Broadcaster - it turns out new cars will feature FM/AM radios built-in for the foreseeable future (although certainly not forever). The logic of this should be obvious to us all, but particularly obvious for anyone who bothers to talk with consumers. And I did. Between March 9 and March 10 2013, I fielded a random, balanced, national online study of 1,000 consumers and asked how they feel about those radios in their cars - and how they'd feel if they disappeared. Each chart shows five rating points, from "DISAGREE" to "AGREE." First … [Read more...]

05/29

Here Comes the New Dashboard

So what's in store for the auto dashboard of tomorrow? It may not be whatever's on the drawing board in Detroit (or in the picture above). It may really be whatever's in your pocket. So says venture capitalist John Backus: In-car electronics, standalone GPS, satellite radio, seatback DVD players and HD radio will quickly disappear, replaced only by the smartphone powering a dumb screen on the dashboard. In other words, argues Backus, YOU are the new dashboard. And when he says all these technologies will "quickly disappear," he's talking about them as unique and distinct … [Read more...]

03/30

What Wins in the New Radio Dashboard

A huge proportion of radio listening happens on the mobile devices known as automobiles, especially during the aptly-titled "drive times."  And there's considerable concern regarding the impact technology and new listening options will have on that listening as those new choices steadily make their way into cars. It's fair to say that nowhere in a car is there as much innovation today as there is in the dashboard.  And much of that innovation has to do with the entertainment options available to the "audience" behind the wheel. In 2011, 11% of consumers reported listening to Internet … [Read more...]

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