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07 July 2017

Spotify is testing out a new driving mode, some users say

If these features are definite, they could make driving while listening to Spotify easier.
If these features are definite, they could make driving while listening to Spotify easier.

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Spotify may be testing out driving features that could make listening on the road a whole lot easier, according to some Reddit users.  But the company told Mashable it has “no news to share.” 

People were reporting that they’ve been given access to features on the Android app, such as bigger buttons, and a voice that tells listeners the name of the song they’re listening to, as well as the artists. 

By and large, Reddit users seem unimpressed with the new features. 

“Can you disable this feature? I don’t like it,” one user wrote.

Another called it “garbage.”

Reddit user Chris54721 said they randomly got it on their phone, and posted photos of what the reportedly new interface looks like. The photo shows a small car icon that they say allows users to switch to the new features. 

Based on the photos, the app also asks permission to access users’ microphones for voice controls, and asks for feedback from people with @Spotify.com email addresses—meaning the company may have only meant to share the features with employees.

In an email, Spotify told Mashable, “We test new products all the time and have no news to share.”

The move for driving mode features may be in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed guidelines to combat distracted driving. They ask smartphone companies to come up with ways to incorporate driving modes into their apps to help tackle distractions. 

Apple rolled out a feature that falls in line with the guidelines called “Do Not Disturb While Driving,” which disables incoming notifications whenever users are in moving vehicles.

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