• Jan 27th 2007 at 4:07PM
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This particular nugget came from our sibling site Engadget, which reported on the "multimedia car radio of the future."

In conjunction with a few select partners, the European Space Agency (ESA) is developing an entertainment system that will feature "built-in satellite radio and generous timeshifting functionality" too. It comes via a special antenna that will likely become a factory-installed option on certain vehicles. It's described as a "flattened mobile antenna integrated into the bodywork," that will pick up "Ku" band signals already used by communications satellites.

Obviously, using existing satellites makes this much cheaper and more feasible. The best bit, however, and the part that makes this different than current US satellite radio services, is that the service will include timeshifting. You know, just like TiVo. The ability to listen at a later time. It is likely that the service will feature a "cache or hard drive-based system" so listeners can pause or rewind broadcasts. Not a lot of other details right now, but word has it you might spot a prototype system mounted in a BMW if you happen to be near the Noordwijk Space Expo in the Netherlands.

[Source: Orbitcast via Engadget]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Volkswagen already offers it on the new GTI - www.vwfeatures.com.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Use of existing satellites, instead of purpose-built satellites like Sirius & XM, means that the vehicle antenna becomes unwieldy as per the above picture, instead of tiny.

      I'd like to see what happens to the BMW X5's antenna system when the X5 is doing 250kmh on the Autobahn (assuming that the added drag doesn't lower the top speed). Not to mention fuel economy.

      Also, imagine the cost of the complicated antenna versus the Sirius & XM vehicle antennas that cost maybe $20.

      Sorry - it is Not Ready For Primetime.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is nothing new here in N. America as #3 and #5 mention. I've been enjoying the timeshifting feature on my XM SkyFi 2 radio for years. I listen to songs more than once as if each song was a track on a CD. The only problem is that once you turn the unit off, the song memory is gone. That should appease the record companies, but I guess not.

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