WorldDMB calls for the automotive industry to include DAB digital radio as standard at the 4th European Automotive Event
The 4th WorldDMB European Automotive Event was hosted at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Urban Development on 14 November 2012 in Berlin.
Discussions centered on future trends in the connected car. Jørn Jensen, WorldDMB President, emphasised the message that in-car digital radio should be all about the consumer. He said ‘Digital radio is now standardising in Europe and WorldDMB wants to see digital radio come as standard in cars to meet consumer demand. To do this the broadcast and automotive industries need to continue working together and WorldDMB provides a framework for this partnership’. An update on the work of the WorldDMB Technical Committee’s on service Following and Linking was given by Lindsay Cornell, Principal systems Architect for the BBC’s Future Media division and WorldDMB Technical Committee Chairman.
During a panel discussion ‘Connecting platforms – hybrid and what does this mean’ Ralf Hinz, Project Manager for radio and TV from Daimler AG highlighted the possibilities of adding new functionalities and opportunities for additional data from the internet for broadcast radio. Keynote speaker Thomas Kusche, senior Editor at Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) spoke of the proactive role that the ARD has taken with regards to the launch of digital radio in-car with an emphasis on the hybrid solution combined with DAB+.
Further updates on the European market was provided and examples of automotive and broadcaster collaborations were presented. An Australian perspective on the progress of digital radio was provided by Joan Warner, CEO of Commercial Radio Australia who called for automotive manufacturers to cater for consumer demand for digital radio in-car in Australia just as they were now doing for the European market.
All the presentations from this event are available in the WorldDMB website in the Member’s Area.