Radioplayer is supporting a new way for car companies to access high-quality metadata from broadcasters and improve the in-car radio experience.
Radioplayer, the not-for-profit radio platform that’s now in nine countries including Canada, announced its support for the new RadioDNS ‘ClientID’ standard at the WorldDAB Automotive event in Turin, Italy.
The move will allow car manufacturers to improve radio interfaces by adding enhanced metadata streams, programs, logos, now-playing information and podcasts via an authenticated feed.
Michael Hill, the founder and managing director of Radioplayer, says the platform’s top priority is to help car companies build better radios.
“We welcome any technology solution which helps us achieve that, particularly if it’s underpinned by open standards like DAB and RadioDNS,” Hill said in a release. “This new feed will help manufacturers build fantastic new ‘hybrid’ radio interfaces, keeping radio strong in the connected cars of the future.”
Radioplayer is the first organization to announce support for the new functionality.
The platform has always offered basic metadata, like logos and station descriptions, on behalf of partner stations in the open RadioDNS format. The new ‘ClientID’ functionality will roll out in addition to the original, open feed, enabling Radioplayer to offer more enhanced and valuable metadata.
Radioplayer says it’s open to metadata partnerships with all car companies and ‘Tier One’ hardware providers who make radio units for cars. The data feed is free, providing manufacturers respect some basic guidelines about the interface that are designed to keep radio simple, safe to use, and central to the dashboard.
“We heard from broadcasters that they wanted better control over the distribution of valuable metadata, so we worked with both them and device manufacturers to develop this solution,” added Nick Piggott, Project Director of RadioDNS. “Radioplayer are an important RadioDNS Service Provider, so we’re very pleased that they have chosen to be an early adopter, and increase the availability of metadata to device manufacturers wishing to implement a better hybrid radio experience.”
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