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Automakers Increase Radio Volume-Control Features

Automakers Increase Radio Volume-Control Features

No need to touch that dial. The Wall Street Journal reports that automakers are releasing automatic radio volume-control systems on their mainstream and entry-level vehicles after starting the trend in their luxury models.
It can work two ways. To help keep drivers focused on the road, in some cars the volume matches vehicle speed, becoming softer with slower speeds and louder with faster speeds, according to the Journal.
In other cars, the volume changes based on noise in or out of the car, or mutes for an incoming cell phone call.
For example, the system is standard on Volvo’s 2005 V50 entry-level wagon and on Volkswagen’s 2005 Jetta and the 2006 Passat, according to the report.