New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that more than eight out of ten new cars registered last year included a digital radio.
In 2016, 2.28 million new cars were sold with a digital radio, the first time the two million mark has been breached. Digital technology allows motorists to access over 400 radio stations, and will become an increasingly important in-car feature with the Government committed to switching off the UK’s analogue radio coverage once DAB coverage reaches 50% of listeners – currently coverage stands at 45.5%.
The number of UK new cars fitted with DAB digital radio as standard has grown rapidly over the past five year, from just over a quarter in 2012 to 84.5% last year.
“With increasing numbers of DAB-enabled vehicle models on the market, and new car registrations at record levels,2more car owners than ever before are now able to tune into digital radio as they drive,” said Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the SMMT. “While vehicle manufacturers have already shown they are committed to the digital revolution, the setting of a confirmed switch to digital date by government would considerably accelerate conversion of existing vehicles in use. This remains a sizeable job and, consequently, a significant opportunity for the aftermarket.”
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