From today, people purchasing new passenger vehicles across Europe will be able to benefit from the advantages of digital radio – greater choice, clearer audio and enhanced data services.
Article 113, Annex XI in the EECC states that “Any car radio receiver integrated in a new vehicle of category M (Motor vehicles with at least four wheels designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers) which is made available on the market for sale or rent in the Union from 21 December 2020 shall comprise a receiver capable of receiving and reproducing at least radio services provided via digital terrestrial radio broadcasting”.
The regulation applies to all EU member states – regardless of the status of DAB in each country.
Despite the impact of Covid-19, Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Denmark have already introduced laws mandating digital terrestrial radio in cars and other countries are expected to follow shortly.
In the first half of 2020, over 50% of new cars sold in Europe included DAB+ as standard – a number that is expected to reach 100% by the end of 2021 as DAB+ adoption continues to grow across Europe.
More information and regular updates on the EECC directive and its implementation across Europe is available on the WorldDAB EECC factsheet:
Νotes: Press Release - WorldDAB - December 21, 2020