Automakers To Ditch Radio and CD Players

With the cassette players now being history, car manufacturers are looking forward to sending the in-dash radio and CD-players into museum too.
It won’t be a spontaneous change, but automakers are trying to let the old-fashioned in-dash radio CD-players to fade away, as intelligent infotainment systems are fast expanding in the cars’ interiors these days.

"AM and FM as a delivering mechanism isn't going to be the most important in cars anymore," said Thilo Koslowski, a vice president at technology research firm Gartner Inc. "By 2020, I feel very confident that many consumers will consume radio content through avenues other than terrestrial broadcast."

It’s not that the radio stations are fading away, but the listeners will get them in different ways like connecting their smartphone to the Internet or even the whole infotainment system. Also, it is already a common fact that you can play your favorite songs directly from your phone through a cable or bluetooth connection.

Integration and versatility is the key for the future. Ford and Lincoln have already equipped their cars with MyFord touch dashboard interface and GM will soon fit it’s vehicles with high-speed 4G mobile-Internet connection capabilities.

Source: Detroit News
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