By on February 9, 2021


Xperi’s DTS AutoStage is the next evolution in multimedia, if you turn on the radio while starting your car like millions of others do worldwide.


Let’s face it, over the years, terrestrial radio has taken a beating, as has the record industry and how we consume music and information. Despite that, or maybe because of it, we still turn to the radio in our vehicles to give us an update on traffic, weather, sports, and what’s new in music.


Xperi Holding Corporation, the owner of HD Radio and DTS Connected Radio Brands, along with pay-TV service TiVo, is using their technology to deliver digital radio in-vehicle infotainment via DTS and HD Radio. Concentrating on improving the source, Xperi offers broadcasters HD Radio, TiVo, AIM (all in media), and Arctic Palm, tools needed to deliver better listener experiences. DTS AutoSense is an advanced in-cabin monitoring system that includes driver monitoring, occupant monitoring, iris identification, and advanced biometrics. After all, who better to invite along for the ride than Big Brother?


Utilizing what Xperi calls the largest and deepest broadcast and music metadata set, DTS AutoStage is a global hybrid combining linear broadcast with IP-delivered content for a more personalized in-cabin infotainment experience. DTS AutoStage adds internet connectivity to deliver on-air radio program information, and features such as artist, album, song, lyric, and station details, related events at nearby venues, internet-only content, podcasts, and more. DTS AutoStage is currently compatible worldwide with analog FM, DAB+, and HD Radio formats.


In-car DTS Neural Surround and Neural:X technology will surround you in music and movie entertainment, provided that you’re not watching while driving, now are you? Autonomous driving portends to things like this happening and is supposedly okay despite all the warnings about distracted driving, and that autonomy and inattention are a recipe for disaster. Of course, if we’re talking about keeping the kids entertained in the back seat with DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD for streaming, and DTS Headphone:X, that’s a moot point.

The best part? DTS AutoStage is being incorporated into new vehicles from many OEMs, so it may already be included. For older vehicles, the technology will likely find its way into head units from all the major car audio companies, another reason for me to upgrade the system in my daily driver in the coming months.

[Images: Xperi]

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29 Comments on “Xperi’s DTS AutoStage is the Next Big Thing in Infotainment...”

  • avatar

    Sirius XM without the satellite? Hard pass.

    • 0 avatar

      Ah, not so fast. I stream SXM via CarPlay when I’m on longer trips – for around-town stuff I don’t bother wrestling with the wired connection, but if you use the app and adjust the sound quality setting – there are 3 options – to the highest bitrate, you’re getting a 320kbps bitrate broadcast over cellular, and it’s glorious – FAR better than the highly compressed satellite stream. Obviously you need an appropriate data plan, but most of us are unlimited nowadays anyways.

      As for this Xperi contraption – hard pass. Peak infotainment was about 2019. Now we’re just getting even more massive screens, more connectivity and selling of personal information, etc.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    Agreed. We have parts of the country out here in “The West” where there is no cell phone coverage for two hours or more. That’s where XM shines. Not having the option is a deal killer. And some of us don’t wish to down load music before hand.

    • 0 avatar

      Eventually, there will probably be a mobile in-car version of Starlink that will solve that problem.

    • 0 avatar
      White Shadow

      I have an SD card that I loaded with more than 700 songs that I really like. I could drive across the entire country without ever hearing the same song twice. I keep it on shuffle and it’s like my own personal radio station, but without commercials and only playing songs I like.

      No need for radio, satellite or otherwise.

      • 0 avatar

        @White Shadow: Yeah, that’s not a bad idea. Capacity on SD cards and flash drives is getting crazy. I’m seeing 1 terabyte cards and flash drives now. And, you really don’t even need that kind of capacity for music.

  • avatar

    Was this article a joke? It sounded so ridiculous, I thought it must be intended as sarcastic humor.

  • avatar

    What’s wrong with using an app on your phone like Tune-In to pick what ever radio station you want to listen to?

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve been listening to Pandora pretty much exclusively for about 8 years. Ever since I learned of the shuffle stations function my listening experience has been grand. I go from Lindsey Stirling to Volbeat, Andrea Bocelli to Queen and everything in between.

    • 0 avatar

      @Fred, see the above comment by @CKNSLS Sierra SLT. There are parts of the country where your phone won’t work.

      I was on a plane traveling from Atlanta to San Diego, and due to a snowstorm in Albuquerque, the plane flew north around it. I was watching a television program picked up from the ground station, and it disappeared between Oklahoma City and Pueblo Colorado. Apparently, there was no signal from Western Kansas.

      You can run into a similar situation with your cell phone in much of the Western US. If you’re anywhere east of the Mississippi, your long drives are short hops to many people west of it.

  • avatar

    “DTS Autostage is a global hybrid combining linear broadcast with IP-delivered content for a more personalized in-cabin infotainment experience”

    So like FM but with internet pop up ads. Why not just get Pandora instead?

    Since HD Radio never took off it appears they are trying to leverage the technology for new marketing opportunities.

  • avatar

    I need a Master’s degree in Marketing, or bovine feces, to even understand this!

    • 0 avatar

      In a nutshell: More distractions for the driver; electronic components that will be obsolete in a few years; prohibitive repair costs when it stops working; if automakers incorporate common controls into it, you’ll have to junk the car long before it has reached its useful life, or pay somebody to make workaround connections.

  • avatar

    Let me guess, they’re gonna IPO and the stock price will go exponential because…

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    In my experience, turning to the radio for current music is a futile exercise. Most of the stations around here play the same songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters they’ve been playing for decades.

    I use Spotify and listen to the same music I’ve been into for the last few decades. It all irons out.

  • avatar

    Big Brother, Big Brother, where I heard that name? Yeah, 1984 – the year I was born (it is a joke).

    So now US Government has a new opportunity to reduce my social credit rating and make my life miserable because I listen to the wrong music? (that’s a new normal).

    • 0 avatar

      Uncle Sam doesn’t give a crap about what you listen to. But Big Data and Corporate America sure do – anything goes when it comes to separating you from your money.

      • 0 avatar

        Don’t be naive, they do. They have cameras with face recognition everywhere, are busy with implanting chips. Private companies report you to feds – what you bought, where did you go, with whom did you talk and about what, what posts you post and like on FB, youtube and etc, for whom you vote and your own children will report you to FBI if you do not comply.

  • avatar

    I am coming to associate blatant press release copy/paste jobs with the byline of this “author.”

    Perhaps he’s really a bot?

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    This is another way to make your vehicle obsolete. A good DIN unit would be enough to satisfy most of my needs. Vehicles have become much more complicated with way too much electronics.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    I got excited for a second. That picture makes it look like a new 1.5 DIN modern headunit that one could put into 80’s and 90’s GM and Chrysler vehicles without butchering the dash or installing an adapter plate that looks like hot garbage. Ah well, janky Bluetooth solutions are still the best option on those cars unless you spring for one of those retrosound deals.

  • avatar

    Frankly, the best choice for me these days is the CD player.

    Satellite radio is awful. I particularly despise the fact that I have to cycle through three channels of the screaming promo for it while selecting an input source.

    Internet radio is great except for that the system in my car tends to have a hard time restoring the audio connection to my phone after interruptions from incoming spam phone calls. It requires far too much manual intervention to get reconnected.

    Lots of music on an SD card? Sounds great unless your infotainment systems insists on reindexing the entire collection each time you start the car.

    Luckily, I have a CD player and a large collection of CDs. The part that they got right in my car is the excellent Revel speakers and CD sound glorious with no compression at all.

    It’s a bit of a pain to shuffle them, but careful selection of CDs with longer playing times goes a long way to minimize this.

    • 0 avatar

      My car has a CD changer but no USB, so I burn my own CD’s. On my last big road trip, I burned some material in advance (including podcast episodes I was interested in), but the laptop made the trip as well, along with a stack of blank CD’s. [Download and burn at the hotel using WiFi, enjoy the next day in the wilderness where there is no cell service.] A nice CD case (complete with blank CD-R’s and Sharpie) lives in the passenger door map pocket.

      My truck has a ‘new’ receiver and I go with a memory stick there (no resequencing in use, but I will never understand who or what decides which track goes where when you add to your list).

      [I also have a cheap ‘FM transmitter’ interface in the car (using a memory card or Bluetooth to my phone), but it is so much easier, better sounding and safer to use the car’s original audio controls (with the CD changer).]

      I know some people love satellite radio, but I have never been able to stand the compression when listening to ‘real’ audio material (music not spoken word) – maybe there is something wrong with me.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    An AM FM receiver with a USB port and bluetooth would meet all my needs.

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