Radioplayer launches automotive hybrid radio app

Dec 2020  RadioWorks Blog

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Radioplayer has given the world’s first public demonstration of a tri-platform hybrid radio app (DAB+/FM/IP) within the Android Automotive operating system.

Developed in partnership with Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe,  the app will allow users to select a radio station from the strongest available signal, prioritising DAB+, then FM, followed by streaming, and automatically switching between platforms if the car moves out of coverage. This means that drivers and passengers alike can stay locked into their favourite stations and enjoy the music and shows they love.

Radioplayer and PASEU have worked together using automotive-grade hardware and technology including the Panasonic Automotive Tuner Software Development Kit, a turnkey automotive mass production proven radio broadcasting tuner software stack, which allows high-quality radio tuner applications to be implemented on Android Automotive systems in very short timescales.

Radioplayer’s hybrid app is now available to car manufacturers to use in Android Automotive cars as their main broadcast radio experience and the UI can be customised as required. Radioplayer is also seeking to partner with Google to ensure hybrid capability for all radio apps and help improve the current standard radio experience in Android Automotive.

Further development of the app will see on-demand and podcast content, enhanced now-playing visuals such as artist images, as well as station recommendations, added early next year.


Michael Hill, Radioplayer Managing Director said:

 “We’re delighted to bring hybrid radio capability to Android Automotive with our app, supporting the merging of broadcast radio with online content, in a rich hybrid implementation. Panasonic have been a fantastic partner and their expertise and passion for radio has shone through. Our aim is to make hybrid radio the standard experience in Android Automotive this is the first step towards that. Radioplayer is proud to be leading this work on behalf of our thousands of international member stations.”



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