The Radioplayer app promises some cool new features in the not-too-distant future.

Radioplayer, the not-for-profit company working to make the radio listening experience better for the digital age, has announced a new set of protocols and feature that will enhance listening in the car.

A new standard called “RadioDNS Client ID” was unveiled at the WorldDAB Automotive conference in Italy this week. Working with auto manufactures, the Radioplayer consortium (it stretches across nine countries, including Canada) wants to see its interface used in infotainment systems going forward. This will help keep radio front-and-centre in the car.

But wait! There’s more.

The RadioDNS Client ID standards are rich in metadata, meaning that it’s capable of providing all kinds of extra information for the display. That includes artwork, logos, program information, program descriptions and more.

From Broadcast Dialogue:

“Michael Hill, the founder and managing director of Radioplayer, says the platform’s top priority is to help car companies build better radios.

“’We welcome any technology solution which helps us achieve that, particularly if it’s underpinned by open standards like DAB and RadioDNS,’ Hill said in a release. ‘This new feed will help manufacturers build fantastic new ‘hybrid’ radio interfaces, keeping radio strong in the connected cars of the future.’”

Cool. Bring it on.

Alan Cross

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