AutoDAB Connect DAB car digital radio upgrade - includes fitting
AutoDAB Connect DAB car digital radio upgrade - includes fitting
AutoDAB Connect DAB car digital radio upgrade - includes fitting
AutoDAB Connect DAB car digital radio upgrade - includes fitting
AutoDAB Connect DAB car digital radio upgrade - includes fitting
AutoDAB Connect DAB car digital radio upgrade - includes fitting
DAB Radio

AutoDAB Connect DAB car digital radio upgrade - includes fitting

Code DAB1009
Reviews (6) 2.5 out of 5
AutoDAB Connect is an in-car audio adapter which upgrades your existing FM radio system to receive DAB and DAB+ digital radio services.
  • Upgrade your existing car stereo to DAB radio
  • More radio station choice
  • All parts & labour included
  • We fit at your home or work

Product description

Upgrade to DAB radio in your car

Heard about digital radio? It’s the exciting new way to listen to lots of radio stations in clear digital quality. A lot of people will have used DAB digital radio at home, or online through the Internet, but most cars are yet to catch up with the digital revolution. A lot of cars, particularly older models, will be fitted with a standard FM radio receiver. This means that you can’t pick up all the new stations exclusive to digital. There will be reasons why you can’t replace your existing radio with a shiny new DAB one, for example, it may be integrated and required to use your car computer. The AutoDAB Connect is a DAB adaptor that attaches to your existing car stereo. The included digital antenna picks up radio stations and plays them through your speakers. You can change channels using the sleek, un-obtrusive remote control panel. 

When you buy your AutoDAB Connect from the RAC Shop you’ll also get the installation and fitting included in the price. Our partners, The Chameleon Group Ltd will install, test and demonstrate your new digital radio either at home, or at the office. You won’t need to take your car to a garage and leave it there for the work to be done.


For the safety of our installers we can only carry out fitting in an off-road location such as a drive, car port, garage, parking bay, or work car park. If you are not the owner of the property or land you must seek permission for the work to be done BEFORE we attend the appointment.

Digital Antennas & Aerials

Digital signals work in a different way to traditional FM radio which means they are more sensitive to signal drop out. If you travel longer distances you may experience periods were the signal disappears as you move out of coverage. DAB radio upgrades include an internal antenna that attaches to the inside of your windscreen. In most cases this will provide a good quality signal for you to enjoy digital radio. However, in some cases when an installer attends the installation they may discover that you will need a more powerful external antenna to pick up all DAB stations. A number of factors can affect this:

  • Your vehicle may be fitted with a heat reflective windscreen which can degrade the signal.
  • Gadgets and accessories such as mobile phones, charging cables, sat navs, dash cams etc. emit RF noise which can affect the signal quality.
  • Low coverage areas have a weaker signal that the internal antenna won’t be able to lock on to.

If your vehicle is affected the installer will advise you that an external antenna is required, discuss the options and advise you of the cost (the external antenna is not included in the price of the kit).

Does my town have good DAB coverage?

You can use the DAB signal coverage checker to see what coverage is like in your area. This will also tell you which DAB radio stations are available.

Need help and advice?

The UK Digital Radio website has a range of useful advice about getting the most from DAB radio.

AutoDAB Connect is an in-car audio adapter which upgrades your existing FM radio system to receive DAB and DAB+ digital radio services. With its inbuilt FM-RDS micro-transmitter, the AutoDAB Connect interface receives DAB wirelessly and eliminates the need for complex wiring, making installation as simple as it should be.

Wireless in-car DAB adapter with remote control.

  • Listen to DAB Digital Radio through your existing car FM radio
  • Works in any car with an FM radio fitted
  • Digital Radio Station information displayed on your car radio display
  • AFC (Automatic Frequency Change) keeps your FM radio on the best available frequency*
  • Use with a range of separately available antennas to best suit your vehicle
  • Easy to install and hidden from view, with all main components fitted out of sight
  • Wireless remote control is easy to mount in your car
  • Aux-in socket allows you to connect and play your own music through your car radio

*AFC eliminates the need to manually switch FM frequencies on vehicles fitted with a compatible RDS FM radio.

Technical Specifications

  • WorldDMB Profile 1 - Compliant
  • DAB RF Frequency Range - Band III: 174 MHz - 240 MHz
  • FM Transmit Range: 87.6 MHz - 107.9 MHz
  • Power consumption: 4W
  • Mains Power: 11 - 16V DC
  • Dimensions: 112 x 86 x 23.35mm
  • Weight: 120g
  • RF Remote Control Battery: CR2032 (supplied)
  • RF Remote Control Dimensions: 65 x 45 x 14mm

In the box:

  • AutoDAB Connect Interface Box
  • AutoDAB Connect Remote Control with Long-Life Battery
  • Power Cable with Accessory Plug and Fuse
  • Installation Instructions and User Guide

Fully fitted

The AutoDAB Connect is fully fitted by our install partners Chameleon anywhere on the mainland UK. They can carry out this work at your home or work which means you don’t need to leave your car at a garage. All we ask is that you have a safe area away from the road for the installation team to carry out the work. You payment includes the kit, installation, and any cables or adaptors needed to fit the kit to your vehicle.

Why choose RAC Shop for fitting?

  • We come to you - no need to travel to a garage
  • All inclusive price - no hidden charges
  • One year parts & fitting warranty
  • Over 100 nationwide mobile installers 
  • Regular text alerts - you’ll always be up to date

What happens when you buy

One you’ve placed your order a number of things will happen to keep you updated throughout the installation process. If you order over the weekend or bank holiday we won’t process your order until the next business day.

  • An email receipt will be sent to you by the RAC Shop.
  • You will receive a phone call from Chameleon (the installers) who will take a few details about your vehicle and arrange an installation date and delivery address for your AutoDAB Connect kit.
  • An email confirmation will be sent to you to confirm your appointment details.
  • You will receive a text message to let you know that your kit has been posted using a next day service - tracking details will be included.
  • You will receive a text message 24 hours before your installation as a courtesy reminder.
  • Once your installation is complete you will receive an “Order dispatched” email from the RAC Shop - this simply means that we’ve marked your order as completed.

Fitting terms and conditions

  1. The price paid includes all parts, labour and installation.
  2. Installation is available to UK mainland postcodes only.
  3. Installation will be carried by The Chameleon Group - not the RAC.
  4. AutoDAB Connect kit and installation is covered by a 1 year parts & labour warranty from The Chameleon Group.
  5. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice a £45 + VAT cancellation charge will be paid by you.
  6. Your AutoDAB Connect kit will be shipped via DPD or UPS to your agreed delivery address prior to installation - you must have this available for the installer at the time of the appointment.
  7. You must provide a safe, legal, off road area for the installation to take place. It is illegal to carry out this type of installation on the road side.
  8. Where necessary you will need to ensure permission of the land owner is received BEFORE the installer arrives. 
  9. In poor weather conditions we may have to re-arrange the installation unless you have suitable covered facilities such a double garage or car port).
  10. You have the right to cancel your order within 14 days of installation under the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. However, you will be charged for an engineer to attend and remove the equipment.
  11. This purchase is bound by the standard RAC Shop terms and conditions.
2 out of 5
The reception isn't as good as I hoped it would be
2 out of 5
Fitter arrived quite late when I was going abroad a few hours later so consequently did not show how radio operated, also did not fit auxiliary cable to enable plakback of mp3 player through unit. Have since asked Chameleon to do this but they refused. <br/>Also dab radio not good with intermittent playback, remote stopped working after two weeks until battery replaced.
1 out of 5
Failed to hold signal/reception after 2 engineers visits, by Chamelion.
4 out of 5
The fitter was excellent. He has worked on my car twice and both times has been first rate.
1 out of 5
I am still not sure, as there are many blank areas where the reception is either poor, or non-existent, I am thinking of replacing my aerial and aerial lead, with the hope that that solves the problem.
5 out of 5
Excellent option for in car digital radio, easy to use and great sound, I did buy the best digital roof mounted bee sting aerial available which made a massive difference, no loss of signal anywhere in the south east.

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