Spotify testing first hardware, smart car assistant


To assist individuals get pleasure from audio whereas driving, Swedish music streaming large Spotify is testing its first {hardware} – a voice-controlled good assistant for automobiles referred to as “Car Thing” – within 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 mentioned in a blog-post on Friday.

The gadget plugs right into a automobile’s 12-volt outlet for energy and connects to each an individual’s automotive and telephone over Bluetooth. The wake phrase for the gadget as deliberate is “Hey Spotify”, which, adopted by a tune request would enable customers to entry their playlists and take heed to their favorite songs, The Verge reported.

“Car Thing” is designed with a round display on one aspect, to show what’s being performed, and on the opposite aspect are a sequence of buttons that can be utilized to entry playlist presets. The take a look at is meant to incorporate a small group of individuals and as a part of the take a look at, some premium customers would obtain the gadget without cost. “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 put up.


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