The BBC has launched a new version of its iPlayer Radio app, giving Android Auto and Apple CarPlay personalised in-car access to their favourite BBC radio programmes whilst behind the wheel.
The new, car-friendly version of the app includes the ability to listen to all the BBC’s national and local radio stations live, playback of downloads, back-to-back playback of user-selected episodes and bookmarked shows.
A simplified touch interface makes it easy to skip to the next episode or jump backwards and forwards 20 seconds within a programme on both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
In addition, the Android Auto version also supports voice commands, enabling users to control it without taking their hands off the wheel.
Dan Taylor-Watt, head of BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio, said “BBC Radio is the daily soundtrack for millions of motorists via our broadcast services; I’m delighted that we’re now able to open up the full breadth of our live and on demand offer to UK drivers via the BBC iPlayer Radio app and let them tailor their listening experience for their journey”.
The BBC iPlayer Radio app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
Android owners can either connect to a compatible car display or download and run the Android Auto app on any Android phone running Android 5.0 or above. iPhone owners will need an Apple CarPlay-equipped vehicle.