Kaliki is here – move over iHeartRadio

The new Rusty Humphries daily news show from the Washington Times will be distributed by Kaliki, an app that is already being built into new GM and Ford vehicles. When your car is connected to the Internet directly and can download apps, all the rules change. A car “Radio” will be as relevant as your black AT&T rotary phone plugged into the wall.

Washington Times / Kaliki Announcement

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5 Responses to Kaliki is here – move over iHeartRadio

  1. Art Stone says:

    “They” say you only have one chance to make a first impression. I went to the Kiliki web site using my iPad and clicked on Download and it offered to download the Android app from Google Play.

    I then searched for Kaliki and found the app in the Apple store and installed it. After staring at the odd graphic, I fired it up. It first demanded that I enter my Zip code to customize my content, since apparently Internet connected cars don’t know where they are and are stationary.

    I was offered maybe 20 choices – no search function – just a left / right swipe. Most of the content is from traditional news outlets – CBS and Public Radio. The one thing I might want to listen to in my car is TWIT – This Week in Technology by radio veteran Leo Laporte. Fired up that puppy – it immediately started to stutter and crashed the iPad app (which may be more that it is a really old iPad). Fired it up a second time, it stuttered at the same words, and crashed at the same place.

    Good thing it isn’t sharing the computer that fires off the air bag.

    Rusty isn’t listed yet. The immediate challenge here is “when will Rusty record the show?”. The money demo who own new cars are largely going to be on the East Coast, heading for work starting around 6:30 AM ET and lasting until about 9 AM. To create a podcast product reliably and have it available means creating it overnight (I think Rusty is living in Pacific time, but not sure). If it isn’t done live, why am I listening to it rather than WCBS, WAMU or WTOP?

    This is supposedly going to be a video product and Kiliki seems to have hooks for video, but it is still not legal for cars to distract the driver with video.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      It really makes no sense to stream podcasts over the internet as you drive. Best to downloand them and then play them so you don’t lose audio when you lose reception. Also, you can pull into a McDonald’s parking lot and download a week’s worth using their free WIFI and save your cellular data plan.

  2. Parrott says:

    –> ” โ€œTheyโ€ say you only have one chance to make a first impression. ”

    well if its free with you ferd or Chev-row- let’ you know its crap. Little off topic rant.–> I still haven’t experienced that alleged, sudden acceleration- runaway of my Lexus IS-350, and it is running the original code as built November 2005. I have not seen any strange activity with my accelerator pedal, that everyone was complaining about years ago. Neutral works like a champ if it EVER does. Wife knows that too.
    Love that car. Paint sux, car good.
    I think the skill level in driving has went away. Now there are drones on the highways running 50 mph on snow and ice and you will get 70 car pile-ups geesh.
    I don’t know about all that connect stuff. I want a car to drive, thats it. I check email at home on computer or on this stupid phone that company bought me.

  3. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Maybe the feds will set price controls for radio content as the Dems are pushing for TV content…. remember the Dems get a lot of donations from content providers


    • Art Stone says:

      It’s becoming clearer that the “let’s send spies into the News Room” thing was the work of Mignon Clybourn. She had run a “black newspaper” in South Carolina and I think it was Columbia that was one of the 4 cities that was going to get investigated.

      Savage was calling her out by name and pointing out who her daddy is.

      Wheeler has made it clearer that the Critical Information Needs survey is dead. We’ll see.

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