I found a presentation given by Ford Ennals. CEO, Digital Radio UKat the World DMB General Assembly, 16 November 2012.
It gives a little detail on what he plans for cars ("vehicle parc" is another way of saying vehicles currently in use apparently).
"Focus on converting the vehicle parc
. Challenge and opportunity to convert the vehicle parc
.At the point of a switchover >95% of parc must be converted
.Working with the automotive industry on:
. Preparing for a switchover announcement in 2013
. Driving consumer awareness and understanding
. Increasing the product range/phasing out analogue
. Training installers
. Change in residual values/working with fleet operators"
"Driving consumer demand
. £10 million consumer communications campaign
. Dealer/retailer communications
. The next phase - a digital radio evangelist"
His email address is given at the end of the document and he wants to drive consumer demand by "spreading the love" and using the hash tag #spreadthelove
He claims the governments switchover critera will be met by the end of 2015, which is conveniently just after the next general election.
However I doubt many people will be "spreading the love" in his direction, once thay realise they have to spend several hundred pounds to replace their car radios.
There is a page on "Digital Radio in Europe"
".Importance of European standards to car manufacturers - Eurochip
- Securing future of radio sector
- Delivering better radio"
An answer to the question "What the Hell is Euro-Chip?" is given here
The EBU website (OPERATING EUROVISION AND EURORADIO) gives the official answer to the question "What is Euro-Chip?"
"What is Euro-Chip?
The Euro-Chip is a concept which offers cost-effective, interoperable and future-proof radio reception and can be easily installed in mobile devices and cars. Integrating the main radio transmission technology standards, whether digital or analogue, it will help audiences access their favourite radio broadcast services anytime, anywhere and can help develop new business models which will make radio fully part of the digital economy."
The "Euro-Chip" concept does not inculde DRM or DRM+ so this statement is patently false. What is the point of the BBC wasting our money broadcasting across Europe using DRM, if the DRM (or DRM+) have no future role in radio broadcasting?
I understand Brazil are very interested in using DRM+, so car manufacturers wanting to export their car radios to Brazil (and possibly other parts of the Americas) will have to use a completely different future proof radio chip.