Multimedia car radio of the future
Americans may enjoy the
services of XM and Sirius Radio, but the satellite radio
industry in Europe is quite at a nascent stage. Working on
the similar premise of the dish antenna for TV, ESA and
their nine partners have labored for three long years and
are coming out with a satellite car radio that will change
the face of the radio industry in Europe for good. The
prototype of this radio will be demonstrated at the
Noordwijk Space Expo on Thursday 25 January.
Saying goodbye to signal loss in tunnels, cracking voices
and static noise, this multimedia car radio is just the
beginning of the good times to come. Keeping the sleek looks
of the car in mind, it will have no large dish antenna on
the roof, but a specially designed mobile antenna, flattened
so that it can be built almost invisibly into the bodywork.
Instead of new satellites and a network of ground-based
transmitters the ESA system uses only existing communication
Due to the advanced technology used (cache memory), received
signals can be stored and can be played back later. So in
case you need to make that restroom stop in the middle of
your fav song you could pause the song, you can even select
a part of the broadcast to listen to.