Radioplayer has demonstrated a tri-platform hybrid radio app (merging DAB+ and FM broadcast radio with online streams) in the Android Automotive operating system.

Developed with Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe (PASEU), the app was demonstrated to an online audience of major car manufacturers on PASEU automotive grade tuner hardware.

The hybrid app has a single, multi-platform station list that hides the platform from the user and allows them 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. The unique Radioplayer User Interface (UI) is powered by official broadcaster metadata from the Worldwide Radioplayer API (WRAPI) and is fully compliant with Google's Android Automotive design guidelines and the WorldDAB user experience design guidelines.

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 product and the UI can be customised as required. Radioplayer is also seeking to work 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.