Spotify’s Car Thing is seen in FCC files with a modern template and a larger screen

In May 2019, Spotify revealed that it would publicly evaluate a voice-controlled smart car assistant named “Car Thing.” Yet almost two years on, we haven’t learned anything about the project—though that might change eventually. A Car Thing with a radically different style and a wider screen has emerged in FCC archives.

This latest iteration of the Car Stuff seems to be operating the same way as the 2019 version—it’s a “voice-controlled accessory for phone/Spotify app with support display and buttons” as defined in the filings. Bluetooth has been activated to connect with the Car Head Unit. Driven from a 12V outlet,” the study went on, bluntly.

However, the style is drastically different. The new Car Thing looks more like a mini-tablet, with some buttons and a huge button.

And if you want to get a closer look at the newer edition, we’ve gathered some images from the latest FCC files in this gallery, including some of the gadgets that are turned on. Sorry, however, it’s impossible to say much about how the camera really functions from the images, or what the program looks like.

“Spotify is focused on becoming the world’s number one audio platform, and we’re continuing tests of a voice-controlled music and podcast device to help us learn more about how people listen to audio in the car,” the company said in a statement to The Verge after the original publication of this article.

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