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Internet Media Device Alliance Focused on In-Car Use

Car-specific Internet radio workshop brings together auto, broadcast industries

The Internet Media Device Alliance is focused on getting Internet radio into cars overseas.

In an April 27 meeting in Paris, the IMDA held a workshop on auto Internet radio. Participants discussed developing standards for Internet radio auto integration.

The IMDA says it has developed a car-specific device profile which is available for industry review.

IMDA Chairman Harry Johnson said the point of the meeting was “to discuss and better understand each other’s requirements to create a convincing user experience of Internet radio in the car.”

Participants are working on a universal dial, consistent station metadata, car specific device profiles and encoding guidelines.

Representatives from automakers like Audi, Toyota, Peugeot Citroen and broadcasters such as the BBC, CBS Radio participated, according to the alliance.

Broadcast organizations like the WorldDMB, the EBU and RadioDNS took part as well as did chipmakers NXP and Frontier Silicon.