Automakers to Remove Traditional In-Car Entertainment Such as Radios and CD Players image

After automakers have eliminated the cassette players, they have now targeted the in-dash radios and the CD players.

The old fashioned in-dash radios, with dials and knobs, begin to slowly be replaced by smartphones. Detroit Electric will be the first automaker which will totally eliminate the radio, as drivers and passengers will have other options such as Web browsing and music streaming via their smartphones directly through their car’s infotainment system.

“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.”

Ford and Lincoln drivers have the MyFord Touch dashboard interface, while GM will soon fit its cars with high-speed 4G mobile-Internet capabilities. Ed Cohen, vice president of measurement innovation at media and marketing research firm Arbitron, said that despite all the state-of-the-art technology, 90% of adults aged from 25 to 54 still choose the radio as the in-car entertainment.

Once automakers have introduced the UBS ports in the cars’ in-dash auto systems, CD players have become irrelevant. After radio, CDs are the second choice when it comes to in-car entertainment. Some vehicles, such as the Chevy Sonic RS have eliminated CD players to save weight and space.

Source: The Detroit News