WorldDAB Auto UX Group sets out initial focus

The recently formed WorldDAB Automotive UX (user experience) Group has set its initial areas of focus, following the first meeting and conference call in London last month.

The objective of the group is to assist in improving the user interface and user experience for in-car digital radios, while understanding how future technology and trends will impact UI design. Members include representatives from across the radio and automotive industries, from OEMs to broadcasters and infrastructure companies.

Coming out of the WorldDAB Automotive Working Group, the UX group is led by Laurence Harrison from Digital Radio UK. The group aims to bring together broadcasters and auto manufacturers to collaborate on how to bring an optimum DAB digital radio experience to all drivers. According to the group’s terms of reference, the next month will see focus on two key areas of work:

Defining UX terminology

To deliver the best experience to drivers it needs to be easy to operate the radio regardless of the brand of car or radio. It was clear that a number of features and functions use different names depending on automotive OEM, radio manufacturer or even region.

One of the first tasks for this group will be to develop a list of UX terminology as the basis for agreeing standard terms.


Minimum User Experience requirements

The group will be developing guidance on a minimum set of User Experience requirements for DAB in the car, to ensure that drivers’ experience of DAB is always a positive one. The intention is not to develop a standard, but guidance for broadcasters and manufacturers to ensure radio remains prominent and easy to use within the UI.

To find out more about the group or to join the next meeting, contact the WorldDAB  Project Office on


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