Nick Piggott, Head of Creative Technology, Global Radio (UK), Chair of the RadioDNS Project
Feedback from drivers in various EU countries has shown that the transition from using analogue to digital radio in the car is not as easy as it could be. One of the on-going benefits of analogue radio has been its ease of use and lack of distraction for the driver. Some simple changes and consistency would make the analogue-digital transition much easier.
In order to make some simple changes a working group has been convened to focus on some very basic functions for example; what happens when you first turn the radio on, how do you switch between stations, what order do stations appear in? These have all acquired a consistency over time in analogue which people are used to, and could be adapted to digital.
The UK’s DRUK and the German Receiver Group hosted jointly by the Federal Ministry of Traffic & Infrastructure and the Federal Ministry of Economics are working together to define and propose solutions to the problems that can be adopted by car manufacturers without significant re-engineering effort. Ideally, vehicles following the new guidelines would start appearing in the market during 2015.
For further information on this working group contact firstname.lastname@example.org