Radioplayer Unveils Prototype Hybrid Car Adaptor

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Radioplayer Unveils Prototype Hybrid Car Adaptor

Sep 9, 2014 10:28 AM, Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

London �Radioplayer, the online listening platform run by the BBC and commercial radio, today unveiled a prototype hybrid car adaptor. The small device, fitted behind the dashboard, is controlled by a dedicated app on the driver''s smartphone which, positioned safely in a dashboard cradle, acts as the radio interface. The prototype in-car adaptor has been developed in conjunction with Connects2, a leading automotive audio firm based in the West Midlands.

Speaking at the �Next Radio'' Conference in London, Michael Hill, Managing Director of Radioplayer, demonstrated the technology. The device scans DAB, DAB+, FM, and internet sources, automatically selecting the best platform to deliver any station. If a signal is lost, it switches seamlessly to the same station on another platform.

Safety is a key factor in its design, which is as simple to use as a car radio. A listener can swipe anywhere on the screen to move through their pre-set stations. A voice identifies each station, to minimize distraction. A tap anywhere on the screen stops and re-starts the radio. Using the system, drivers can also �Bluetooth'' their own smartphone music collections, take hands-free calls, listen safely to inbound text messages, and receive instant audio travel news, customized by GPS to their location and direction of travel.

�We''re proud to be prototyping the next generation of radios, on behalf of the whole industry,� said Hill. �Simplicity has always been one of the great joys of our medium, and we want to work with chip manufacturers, car companies, and audio firms to re-simplify radio�.