Is Spotify’s Car Streaming Device On The Way?
Spotify’s voice-controlled Car Thing streaming device has been submitted for FCC certification in the US, bringing it closer to a potential release.
Announced in 2019 as part of a “test” on how people listen in the car, the Car Thing is a 12V, Bluetooth-enabled accessory with voice and physical controls that can connect to a smartphone for hands-free operation. The new design, as seen in FCC filings, is more rectangular than the rounded unit Spotify illustrated with its initial 2019 blog post (below).
It is unclear whether the device will actually be released for consumers, as Spotify’s blog post in 2019 said there were no plans to do so at that stage; in a statement, Spotify said it was “continuing tests of a voice-controlled music and podcast device to help us learn more about how people listen to audio in the car”.
Spotify has also floated and reportedly trademarked the “Home Thing” and “Voice Thing” names.