Radioplayer has introduced Reference Radio, a prototype touchscreen radio for dashboards, designed to show how smart hybrid technology can transform in-car listening. The hybrid prototype is reportedly multiplatform, able to play DAB digital radio, FM, and Internet radio streams. The company says that unlike most modern car radios, the Reference Radio shows a single list of stations across all those platforms. This removes the need to select different sources such as DAB, FM, or Internet first—the driver just taps a station logo to play it, and the system does the rest.
The new technology was demonstrated at an industry event in Berlin, in front of an audience of radio professionals and representatives from car companies. The interface was shown fully working, on a 7-inch Android touchscreen (the size that is often seen in modern car dashboards).