General Motors is launching one million “podcast radios” that make accessing podcasts as easy as touch screen presets on your radio, with no smartphone required.
The “podcast radio” capability will be offered on many of GM’s existing 4G radios and will include podcasts from People magazine, USA Today and Fox Sports, differentiating GM from the competition.
USA Today called the 1 million GM cars “rolling podcasts with speakers.”
Officially, GM announced last week it has partnered with 8 news and entertainment companies to deliver the service. These also include The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR ONE, The Wall Street Journal and Dash Radio. GM radios already offer The Weather Channel and Pandora apps.
The service will be available on 2017-2018 vehicles with the Shop icon in the Chevy MyLink infotainment system plus a 4G plan.
Drivers can choose to add all or some of the apps to their car radio.
“By being able to add software after you’ve purchased the car, we’re extending the (content) ecosystem that exists in the vehicles as opposed to what you bring into the car with your phone,” said John McFarland of GM, reported USA Today, which test drove the feature.
The podcasts are part of GM’s newly announced Marketplace features that will let drivers shop directly from their car radio.
Separately, Tesla announced that it will be revamping its navigation system. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted last week, “Major navigation overhaul coming in early 2018. Will be light-years ahead of current system, but we are testing it rigorously before rolling out,” reported TechCrunch.
Source: USA Today