New Dashboard Developments

The leaps in auto infotainment technology just keep on coming.  Within a few years, standard equipment will make today’s AM/FM/CD/Aux units look like that old mechanical push-button mono AM radio that my mom had in her ’73 Pinto.

While the hardware side of things is exciting, it’s software development that’s moving at light speed.

TuneIn, an Internet radio/streaming app, just announced a deal that makes their service available to owners of the Tesla Model S, that cool premium electric saloon.  Drivers will have access to 70,000 radio stations without having to plug in their smart phone first.  (Imagine deciding on the pre-sets!)

Then there’s Livio, a company that’s working wtih a non-profit industry alliance called Genivi which is seeking to establish some kind of software standards for the next generation of infotainment systems. If there are standards that everyone can work with, just imagine how quickly innovation will speed up.

I ask again:  Is traditional radio ready for the competition?

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “New Dashboard Developments

  • July 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    You don't even have to get into streaming internet radio to see how quickly things are changing! I've just ordered a pile of 2013 Ram trucks for a few customers. CD player is optional. And not like the old days where you got an AM/FM radio then had to add a CD. This time around, you get your touch screen navigation with bluetooth and iPod control and satellite radio and whatnot. If you want your CD/MP3 player added, it's an extra.

    Ford in Europe don't even off a CD player in some of their cars.

    Now that CDs are phasing out, I think satellite radio and terrestrial radio need to be worried. Internet radio in the car is going to be commonplace within a couple of years, effectively making standard radio obsolete.


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