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UK: Digital Radio Now in Five Million Cars

Cars with digital radio now represent nearly 16 percent of cars on road in the United Kingdom, says Digital Radio UK

Digital Radio UK has announced that the number of cars in the United Kingdom that have digital radio has crossed the five million mark, making up 15.4 percent of all cars on the road.

One reason for the growth is that digital radio is becoming standard in many cars when sold, said the organization. According to recent data from CAP/SMMT, 60 percent of the 2.5 million cars sold in the last year in the country have digital radio as a standard.

In the last five years, the percentage of cars with digital radio fitted as the standard has increased from 5 percent to 65 percent, it said. Only 10 percent of the cars with digital radio did not come with digital radio as a standard and were converted from analog systems.

The expansion of DAB coverage with new digital transmitters is another source of growth, pointed out Digital Radio UK. The BBC’s DAB coverage now reaches 97 percent of the population; local radio now reaches 91 percent.