I want a car stereo with a mobile broadband connection, receiver and a separate interface to customize my car audio experience from the web – customized algorithmically but with a layer of individual curation to bound the algorithms.
Traffic and weather “channels” will push content (broadcast signal or web streaming) to me based on my location (mobile triangulation is precise enough or GPS can provide) and future location (partially based on the Google Maps query I did last night). Algorithms will push “station one” to me if it is 8:00 and that station does traffic at the top of the hour, or push station two if their time better matches, or push the most recent cached update if none matches, or push me the station with the highest ratings for traffic. When Twitter and similar data is better curated, I can listen to tweets about an accident that just happened at an intersection that I’m due to hit in ten minutes.
My favorite music will be pulled in from Internet radio services like Pandora. If I want to surf randomly, but based on my preferences, other stations will pull in local broadcast stations that meet my criteria. Programmed, smart “seek”. Same for sports, news, weather etc. Similar model for all other content in the cloud – podcasts, audio books, MP3s etc. Ditto for other content that I may want in audio form – voicemails, texts converted to voice, etc.
The algorithms that build my channels will incorporate social networking and social graph, recommendation engines and crowdsourcing, along with my preferences and curation. Channels that feature content that is most in play in my social network. Or least in play if that’s my persuasion. Brand new content that I might not know about but is recommended based on my preferences, listening history and social graph. Etc. When my wife drives my car, she switches to her profile – as long as I’m not a passenger ; ). And that’s just from a non-professional driver’s perspective – there are more interesting use cases for professional drivers, from trucking to FedEx to taxis.
I think we’ll see this model of individual customized pushes of slices of content in many other areas too, e.g. TV, as a specific type of signal to noise solution via web services, but think specific use cases like car audio experience could be the first to develop with the least barriers in the way and the most opportunity for the various players.Google+