DAB now in two-thirds of cars as standard
More good news on the DAB front today as Digital Radio UK says nearly two-thirds of new cars come with digital radio as standard, up from just half of new cars a year ago.
In March 2015, 64.9% of new car registrations had digital radio as standard, up from 50.7% the previous March. An additional 10% of cars also have digital radio available as a cost option, meaning that 75% of new cars in the UK now have digital radio available as standard or as an option.
In comparison, Norway, which announced a 2017 radio switchover last week, currently has 63% of new cars available as standard or as an option.
Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, says: “It’s great news for drivers that a landmark two thirds of new cars now come with digital radio as standard. This is impressive progress, and with yet more digital stations launching next year, it’s clear that digital radio is fast-becoming a must-have in car.”
Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, says: “This demonstrates the welcome commitment of the car industry to providing drivers with the full range of radio available today.”