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Spotify's first hardware ‘Car Thing’ shows up again

Spotify Car Thing is designed to be a voice-controlled smart assistant device for cars featuring songs and podcasts that you can stream on Spotify.

Spotify Car Thing original design
Spotify Car Thing original design (Spotify)

Spotify unveiled its first hardware ‘Car Thing’ back in 2019. The company said it is testing the device but didn’t reveal any plans of when and if it will launch. Spotify’s Car Thing was spotted on the FCC website earlier this year in January. More renders of the device have now been discovered in Spotify’s app code.

These are renders of the Spotify hardware found in the app’s code by MacRumors. The renders reveal almost the same design as we saw in the FCC listing but in a clearer way. It also shows different ways of mounting the device to the car’s dashboard. Spotify’s Car Thing has a large knob on the right side with a colour screen attached to it. There are also four buttons on top of the device.

Spotify Car Thing 
Spotify Car Thing  (Steve Moser)

Spotify’s Car Thing can be mounted horizontally and vertically on the car’s dashboard based on the designs. It looks like this might be the final design for the device since the one shown by Spotify. The original Car Thing has a circular screen on the side that shows what is being played, and it has buttons on the other side for playback controls.

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Spotify’s Car Thing has been designed to be a voice-controlled smart assistant device for cars featuring songs and podcasts that you can stream on Spotify. It will use Bluetooth to connect to the Car Head Unit, and it can be connected to a 12V power outlet.

Spotify started testing the device in the US only, and with a small group of invited Spotify Premium users. The company also said it will conduct similar voice-specific tests in the future so users might hear about “Voice Thing” and “Home Thing.” It still hasn’t given any update on the device, and if it will ever be made official.

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