Spotify unveils new in-car hardware named 'Car Thing'
What you need to know
- Spotify has unveiled a new in-car audio entertainment system.
- It's called 'Car Thing' and is aimed at people with cars that don't support more modern audio solutions like CarPlay or Android Auto.
Spotify has today unveiled a new in-car audio entertainment system called 'Car Thing', aimed at drivers of older cars that don't support more modern audio solutions like CarPlay and Android auto.
Spotify says Car Thing is meant for "more seamless" and personalized in-car listening. The company notes that most cars in the U.S. (the only place you'll be able to buy this initially) are 11 years old and last on average around 18 years, meaning many drivers in the U.S. aren't yet ready for systems like CarPlay or Android Auto. The specs? From the report:
Car Thing can be mounted in different ways to your dashboard or vents, and also comes with a car charger and USB-C cable. Car Thing also uses Spotify's new 'Hey Spotify' voice command
For a limited time, Car Thing will be available during a limited release period at no cost, with users only paying shipping. You can join the waitlist at carthing.spotify.com.
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