Progress through prototyping – Radioplayer moves into the car

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Michael Hill, Founder and Managing Director, UK Radioplayer Ltd

With 30 million FM-only cars on the road in the UK alone, and digital dashboards appearing in new vehicles – what are the next steps for multiplatform radio?

What is Radioplayer?

We’re a non-profit joint venture, launched by the BBC and commercial radio, to make it easier to listen on connected devices. We build things – web Radioplayers, radio-discovery apps for tablet and mobile, and experimental hybrid multiplatform devices. Often described as ‘R&D for Radio’, we believe ‘a prototype is worth a thousand meetings’.

What are we up to?

We’re building a magic ‘black box’ which can be fitted in cars with older radios, transforming the existing stereo into a fully-fledged digital audio system. This builds on previous ‘DAB convertor’ kits in several ways…

• It’s a truly hybrid device, blending DAB, DAB+, FM, and IP into one station list

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