Conference decides future of in-car DAB

Will DAB ever get the green light?

Published:  09 July, 2013

A CONFERENCE in London between people form parliament and Digital Radio UK has confirmed that the roll-out of DAB receivers in new cars will continue - and that if there is to be a decision to switch over to digital broadcasting from FM it will be made later in the year.

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, highlighted the importance of radio listening in cars and announced that nearly 40% of new cars in the UK now come with digital radio as standard which compares with 25.1% in June 2012, and just 12.1% in June 2011.

He said that major car brands BMW, Mini, Land Rover and Jaguar already have 100% of new cars with digital radio as standard and that Ford, Audi, Volvo and Toyota have the majority of their cars with digital radio. Mr Ennals also confirmed the Toyota announcement that its leading Lexus brand will have digital radio as standard in all new cars from September.

Upgrading existing cars to DAB has long been touted as a revenue opportunity for the aftermarket but for various reasons it has never really happened. However, industry experts predict that when and if a switchover date is announced there will be a rush of motorists looking to upgrade.

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