Vehicles with DAB+
More than 3.65 million new vehicles have been sold in Australia with DAB+ digital radio factory fitted, since the adoption of DAB+ in vehicles in Australia in 2011.
Over 700,000* new vehicles were sold with DAB+ factory fitted in the 12 months to 31 December 2020. This figure is expected to grow as vehicle manufacturers extend support across their range. More than three quarters (77%) of all new vehicles sold in Australia during the past 12 months had DAB+ digital radio factory fitted as a standard or optional feature.
When purchasing your next new vehicle, be sure to ask the dealer whether it comes with DAB+ digital radio. The 54 automotive brands in Australia offering DAB+ digital radio as standard or option include:
DAB+ digital radio is now available as standard in popular vehicles such as the Toyota Camry, Ford Focus and Nissan X-Trail.
As broadcast radio continues to be the most robust platform, simultaneously used by millions of drivers every day, Commercial Radio Australia works closely with vehicle manufacturers in Australia and overseas and encourages their continued support for AM/FM as well as DAB+ digital radio in vehicle in-car infotainment systems.
With 29%^ of all radio listening in car, and rapid adoption of DAB+ by vehicle manufacturers it has now become a matter of public safety that tunnel operators support DAB+ digital radio.
DAB+ digital radio in car reception maps are available to download. These show the current coverage of DAB+ and provide a guide as to where your DAB+ digital radio is expected to receive good signal. Terrain may provide some small black spots within these coverage areas, but in general DAB+ reception should be good. The red line indicates the licence area where coverage is intended. Plans to infill black spots in coverage are underway.
Currently analogue (AM/FM) signals are re-broadcast into tunnels. This is the responsibility of the tunnel operators. There is currently no in-tunnel rebroadcasting of the DAB+ signal but this can be revisited as more DAB+ enabled radios are available in cars.
* Glass’s Automotive Business Intelligence, December 2020
^ GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 1-2 & 6-8 2020, SMBAP, Commercial Stations (Simulcast & DAB+). Share of Listening based on average audience, Mon-Sun, 12mn-12mn, All People 10+