Xperi Picks PILOT For DTS Build-Out In ‘Connected Car’


ORLANDO — When it comes to the development of new broadcast radio services and user experiences in America’s vehicles, the DTS Connected Radio ecosystem is being looked upon as the guidance tool for ensuring AMs and FMs are not lost in the shuffle as more and more “car radios” are transformed into in-dash smartphones.

DTS and the NAB’s PILOT initiative have teamed to ensure radio doesn’t lose its in-car advantage.

That’s thanks to a development and evaluation pact inked between Xperi Corporation’s DTS subsidiary and PILOT.

“This program will leverage the same development tools and platform Xperi provides to automotive OEMs and their suppliers for development of DTS Connected Radio receivers,” the company says.

The program will focus on domestic HD Radio and analog broadcast radio stations.

“In support of the NAB Automotive Inititiative, we are proud the NAB and PILOT have chosen to collaborate with Xperi on the DTS Connected Radio platform,” said Jeff Jury, Xperi’s automotive GM. “As a group of innovators, educators and advocates working to strengthen current broadcaster services and fostering new radio opportunites, PILOT and Xperi have similar goals and we will work together to ensure radio remains dominant in the vehicle. This collaboration will not only engage listeners but also help radio stations further push the progression of digital radio in the dashboard.”

PILOT engaged software developer OpenPath Products to evaluate the DTS Connected Radio platform and develop a user interface and sample applications, in an effort to stay current as the world of content distribution is rapidly changing and hybrid radio evolves.

“NAB and representatives from our member companies are looking forward to working with the DTS Connected Radio evaluation unit (CREU), to test and develop new ways to enhance the listener experience,” said NAB EVP/CTO Sam Matheny. “This work is yet another example of our commitment to the next generation of in-vehicle entertainment.”

Utilizing an IP connection installed in a vehicle, DTS Connected Radio delivers an innovative analog FM and digital (DAB and HD Radio) experience by pairing broadcast programming with IP-delivered content. DTS Connected Radio aggregates metadata, such as on-air radio program and talent information, artist and song information, station contact information and more, directly from broadcasters around the world to deliver an enhanced in-vehicle radio experience. The global infrastructure behind DTS Connected Radio ensures that broadcasters maintain complete editorial control over their content and the end user experience.