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Spotify Begins Testing its First Hardware: A Voice Assistant for Car

The device plugs into a vehicle's 12-volt outlet for power and connects to both a person's car and phone over Bluetooth

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"Car Thing" is designed with a circular screen on one side. Pixabay

To help people enjoy audio while driving, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is testing its first hardware – a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars called “Car Thing” – in the US.

“While we know there has been some speculation about our future plans, ‘Car Thing’ was developed to help us learn more about how people listen to music and podcasts. Our focus remains on becoming the world’s number one audio platform, not on creating hardware,” Spotify said in a blog-post on Friday.

The device plugs into a vehicle’s 12-volt outlet for power and connects to both a person’s car and phone over Bluetooth.

The wake word for the device as planned is “Hey Spotify”, which, followed by a song request would allow users to access their playlists and listen to their favourite songs, The Verge reported.

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Spotify is testing its first hardware – a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars called “Car Thing”. Pixabay

“Car Thing” is designed with a circular screen on one side, to display what is being played, and on the other side are a series of buttons that can be used to access playlist presets.

The test is supposed to include a small group of people and as part of the test, some premium users would receive the device for free.

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“We don’t have any current plans to make this specific device available to consumers, but the learnings from our test will dictate how we develop experiences everywhere you listen,” Spotify added in its post. (IANS)

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Spotify Mimics the Radio with a News and Music Playlist for Drivers

Details about the global availability of this feature's roll-out remains undisclosed as yet

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The unannounced feature is first reaching Spotify users in the US where the news podcasts would be provided by The Wall Street Journal. Pixbay

Mimicking the functioning of old-school car radios, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is launching a new playlist called “Your Daily Drive” that would bring music as well as news podcasts to car drivers, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

The unannounced feature is first reaching Spotify users in the US where the news podcasts would be provided by The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International.

Details about the global availability of this feature’s roll-out remains undisclosed as yet.

Earlier this month, the music streaming platform began testing five human-curated podcast-only test playlists. “The Daliy Drive playlist would also join other Spotify lists in promoting podcasts.

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Mimicking the functioning of old-school car radios, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is launching a new playlist. Pixabay

Last month, Spotify publicly began testing its first hardware ever — a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars intending to help the app learn people’s audio habits while they are on the road.

The device is called “Car Thing” and as part of the test, it has been distributed to some US-based premium users for free.

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In the US, Spotify has a user-base of over 60 million people. (IANS)