18 thoughts on “Roadcasting Rules”

  1. Geez, unless you’re actively trailing someone, what are the odds you (the listener) will remain in range of your new favorite roadcaster before the song ends?

    I want these guys instead to work on an idea I’ve had. 🙂 Enable simpe voice messages from your car to those nearby. Kind of like CB, but with just one channel (or one default channel). Why? Consider these real-life examples:
    – Hey, stop tailgating, huh?
    – Look out, cop ahead!
    – Your left tail light is out!
    – Now you’re looking fine behind that wheel!
    – Hey, do you think I’m wearing pants? Guess!
    Oops, perhaps one too many. But you get me idea…

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  3. JK: It’s a new way of thinking about distributing music based heavily around personalization and ad-hoc networking. The idea came out of a master’s thesis team at CMU.

    Uh, that’s some kind of funny right there. I’ve had a bumper sticker on my car with “Tune to 89.5” on it (the frequency I always keep my iTrip at) for like 2 years now. I’m certainly not claiming to have invented “Roadcasting”, maybe you are saying you came up wtih the term in a thesis paper, but certainly you can’t claim to have invented something so simple as that. I’m sure someone had an iTrip and an iPod and thought the same as myself (and yourself) long before I did. No, you guys are talking about something a bit more complicated than an iPod and iTrip(or whatever), but it’s essentially the same idea.

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  5. Robot: I would read the site before making those claims. Looks like ots of intense ad-hoc, collaborative filtering going on here.

    “This profile is not a static snapshot of musical tastes, but rather an ever-changing profile that enables the system to make accurate guesses about the music that a listener enjoys hearing.”

    ” Because the system understands what each Listener likes and is looking for, Roadcasting stations can be organized according to a listener’s preference. Stations are organized by the aggregate categories that they fall into. These categories will appear in order of preference, and the stations in each category will appear in order of preference.”

    “Broadcasters and Listeners move between levels of involvement based on the amount of attention they can give to the service. This allows broadcasters and listeners to tailor their interactions depending on their driving situation. For instance, a driver who is on city streets and is talking on a cell phone probably will interact with Roadcasting less frequently than a commuter stuck in heavy traffic. The seamless shifts between modes will ensure that safety is always the number one priority.”

  6. You are essentially recognizing the power of the network. And we have seen it having an impact in many areas of technology. Where would we be today if we did not have the progress made by the open source movement?

  7. Call me a cynic or whatever, but what purpose does this roadcasting serve exactly? I read the article, but quite didnt get it. If everyone broadcasts, who listens?

    Yes, its the amazing power of the network, content creation at the individual level, blah blah.. but isnt this stretching it a bit too far. Hasnt the radio been ‘roadcasting’ since eternity?

  8. I fail to see why this is exciting. I get more excited about planning to put a 5-10W FM transmitter in the BMW so I can broadcast my iPod out on a decent FM station to give people a real alternative when stuck in rush hour traffic. Now where is my eyepatch and parrot and pegleg…

  9. number 8 — i think the idea is that you don’t have to listen to your own personal station for it to exist. when you aren’t attending to it can automatically select best matches for the listening audience

  10. Radio stations target a certain audience. How can you know your audience profile (to target them in the first place), when all you get are the cars around you. Man, I am in a hurry to reach office.. I dont care about 10 different people trying to ‘roadcast’ at the same time. All I need is news/weather/traffic conditions. I dont think so the idea is going to fly..

  11. On the collaborative filtering, this sounds very like last.fm but with a prettier face.

    What annoyed me was the lack of detail about the networking and transmission. 30 miles using *what* technology?

    This stuff would be so much easier with always-on, ubiquitous, high speed internet access. If GPRS/3G was flat rate and fast, we’d be doing this now. Meanwhile trying to keep a WiFi network going between cars is hard. And virtually impossible without some coordination. And iTrip broadcasting is do-able it’s the same old broadcast model, even if it is democratised.

    So let’s not get too excited about RoadCasting. It’s both too hard with current technology and a re-hash of already existing work elsewhere on other platforms.

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