Spotify’s long-awaited car kit, a voice-controlled music player known to the people as Car Thing, has just appeared in a handful of in-app renderings of MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, who found the photos in Spotify’s app code. These reproductions correspond quite closely to photographs of the actual agreement that were submitted as part of the archives of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which The Verge reported back in January.
Thanks to these renderings, we look much cleaner at the developed Spotify Car Thing design, which includes a large knob on the right, a color screen and four buttons on the top. Former official companies reproduce from the back when the product was formally announced in 201
Nevertheless, Spotify’s design has moved much closer to a smart display style, which makes sense considering that it now looks more like a miniature infotainment screen you will find in a modern vehicle. These new renderings show the screen and a possible interface design, as well as different mounting designs to attach the device to different parts of the dashboard.
It does not matter when or even if Spotify plans to launch the product formally. The company’s February event, detailing its new Hi-Fi streaming level, 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 better understand users’ listening habits while on the go.
So there is no formal product name, potential release date or other information indicating whether this will ever make it out of Spotify’s test lab and into the consumer’s car. But the updated design and FCC archives – and now the app renders – suggest the product may have a future. We just do not know what it looks like right now.