Out of the 32.5 million cars on the UK’s roads, five million of them (15.4%) now have digital radio installed.
Here are some stats from Digital Radio UK:
- 90% of cars which have digital radio have DAB fitted as standard or as an option
- Total digital listening in car is 16%
- 10% of cars with digital radio are a result of converting existing analogue in car radio systems to receive digital radio
Lots of progress has been made in recent years – in the last five the percentage of new cars with digital radio as standard has increased from 5% in March 2010 to 65% in March 2015.
But we still have a long way to go as 27.5 million cars don’t have any form of digital radio included.
Drivers are using a range of solutions including fitting replacement digital radios and digital radio adaptors while some are accessing digital radio by integrating their smartphones for use in the car.
Car conversion has been limited to date by the relatively high price of in car adaptors available in car dealers and aftermarket retailers which can cost as much as £350. Research conducted by the AA has indicated that drivers are resistant to paying over £100 to convert their cars to receive digital radio.
Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, says: “ It’s great news that 5 million cars now come with digital radio providing drivers with the full range of radio available today.”
Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, says: “Drivers are getting digital radio in their cars so they can listen to their favourite digital only stations which they enjoy at home. As new cars move towards 100% with digital radio and the new generation of affordable adaptors become widely available we will see an acceleration in car conversion.“