The new renderings correspond to the previous photos sent to the FCC
The long-awaited automotive gadget from Spotify, a voice-controlled music player known colloquially as Car Thing, has just appeared in a handful of in-app renderings discovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, who found the images in the Spotify app code. These renderings correspond very closely to the photos of the real deal sent as part of the files to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which The Verge reported in January.
Thanks to these renderers, we have a much cleaner look in the design of Spotify Car Thing, which includes a large button on the right, a color screen and four buttons at the top. Previously, the official company renders from the time when the product was formally announced in 2019, displaying a much smaller screen.
However, Spotify’s design came very close to a smart display style, which makes sense, considering that it now looks more like a miniature infotainment screen than you would find in a modern vehicle. These new renderers show the screen and a possible interface design, as well as several mounting designs to connect the device to different parts of the panel.
There is no way to say when or even if Spotify plans to formally launch the product. The company’s February event, where it detailed its new level of Hi-Fi streaming, came and went without any new information about Car Thing, and the device was announced in 2019 as just a test product to help Spotify understand better listening habits of users while on the move.
Therefore, there is no formal product name, potential release date, or any other information that would indicate whether this will leave the Spotify test lab and get into the consumer’s car. But the updated design and FCC files – and now in-app renderings – suggest that the product may have a future. We just don’t know how it is now.