In the continuing effort to help the automobile and broadcast industries deliver an enhanced user experience and increase safety in vehicles, Radioplayer introduced at the WorldDAB General Assembly in Berlin the Reference Radio, a prototype touchscreen radio for dashboards.
The Reference Radio “hybrid” prototype is multiplatform, able to play DAB digital radio, FM, and internet radio streams, and shows a single list of stations across all those platforms. This means drivers don’t need to select different sources such as DAB, FM, or internet, but only tap a station logo to play it, leaving the system to handle the rest.
According to the company, safety has been a key factor in the design, reducing “driver distraction” with an easy, intuitive interface. A large display shows what’s playing, and the driver switches between favorite stations by tapping a logo, swiping the screen, or pressing the buttons on the steering wheel. In the next phase of development, Radioplayer plans to test voice control along with podcasts and personalization.
“We’ve distilled years of research, development and testing into this prototype, which will be the catalyst for a long-overdue conversation between broadcasters and car companies,” said Radioplayer Managing Director, Michael Hill. “The Radioplayer Reference Radio shows that radio can be simple, smart and sexy in the connected cars of the future.”
The company says Radio Reference is the “culmination of years of research and development with industry partners like WorldDAB, Digital Radio UK, RadioDNS, and Audi and that the prototype shows how broadcasters like the BBC, Global and Bauer want their stations to appear in the car radios of the future.”
A video demonstration of the Reference Radio in action can be seen here.