Spotify looks like it will make a debut with a voice-controlled smart assistant for the car, but only for a handful of beta users in the US.
The new device called “Car Thing.” Is a small device that plugs into the 12-volt power point and connects to both the car and your smartphone. The small device features a screen for displaying what you are playing.
The device is activated by saying “Hey, Spotify,” like with other smart assistants. Once you have its attention, you can then tell it what you want to play.
The company announced the device in a blog post, where it says only “a small group” of invited Spotify Premium users in the US will be part of the test. Spotify also says in the blog post it doesn’t have “any current plans” to make the device available to consumers, but intends to learn from the test “to dictate how we develop experiences everywhere you listen.”
So while Spotify is an audio platform, and this is only test to understand customer listening habits. We could see smart speaker hardware at a later date.
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