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CES2022: Cars, Cash, COVID

| January 7, 2022

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

LAS VEGAS — “Just imagine where we would have been the last two years” without technology like streaming, Zoom, tele-health, e-commerce, and other trends-already-in-motion that accelerated during the pandemic. In his State of the Industry address, Consumer Technology Association president/CEO Gary Shapiro acknowledged speed bumps we’ve hit along the way, admitting that “innovation is messy. It takes us out of our comfort zones” (as radio people know well).

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Riding Along in My Automobile

| June 23, 2016

Connected Mobility Conference notes by consultant Holland Cooke

 

cookewriterNEW YORK — Cabbies hate Uber but auto makers love Car-Sharing and Ride-Sharing, and eventually their dealers will too.  As I’m digesting research presented at CE Week here, the little voice in my head keeps thinking “What does this mean for car radio?”

Face it, AM/FM’s king-of-the-car status was under fire even before dashboards looked like iPad.

  • A dozen years ago, iPod plugged-into Aux jacks. More recently, research tells us, in-car podcast consumption is big (21% of on-demand TSL, and growing).
  • And all along, radio has sold against newspaper, outdoor, TV, and Yellow Pages as “closer-to-the-cash-register,” because – even with e-commerce – most shopping still involves driving to the point of purchase. So dashboard disruption threatens radio dollars.

There are entire conferences dedicated to radio’s struggle to maintain in-car use; although those discussions seem to focus on remaining conspicuous on new hardware, even as radio continues to downgrade its unique software, the local programming that in-car apps don’t offer.

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