What will car radios look like in the near future? Here’s a report.

The car has always been a space where radio has thrived. It’s one of the few things that you can enjoy while keeping your eyes on the road and hands upon the wheel.

But car radios–or more specifically, auto audio entertainment systems– have become increasingly more complicated over the decades starting with the 8-track in 1965, followed by cassettes a few years later and then CD players in 1984. Since then, we’ve seen the addition of satellite radio, USB connections to various devices, Bluetooth and more.

Meanwhile, the last factory cassette player was in 2010 and increasingly more vehicles are shipping without CD players.

So what’s in store for the car radio–the auto infotainment system–in the near future? Here’s a report from the Geneva Motor Show.

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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