The Next Stage in Interior Design for Cars (Pay Attention, Radio People)

I’m following developments with the connected car because I believe vehicles of the (very) near future will have features that will greatly impact on how we consume music and information while we drive. And that includes radio.

In fact, the terrestrial radio industry better be paying close attention to what’s going on. Its future depends on it.  From CAR magazine:

Your new car could soon be as thoughtful, powerful and communicative as KITT from the Knight Rider TV series. That’s the ultimate expression of the connected car, a trend which is intensifying rapidly. Over the next five years, car cockpits will be able to relay more information on bigger, multiple screens and through the windscreen, and you’ll be able to give commands far more intuitively thanks to voice recognition and gesture control software.

‘In a few years you’ll be talking to your car just like KITT,’ says Ralph Gilles, Chrysler’s design chief. ‘Your car will become like a  friend, in a way.’ Even more incredibly, the car will be able to think deeply for itself, intuitively reacting to events and conditions.

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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.

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