In Part One of a series of articles, I mentioned the TOTAL absence of NFC enabled cell phones at CES 2011. In this article I am going to look at Infotainment/Car Audio/Car Navigation systems. This was not a complete wash, as we found the Parrot Asteroid, Phandroid found the Foryou/Adayo and Nvidia had a Fujitsu Ten (makers of Eclipse brand car audio receivers) proof of concept, seen below.
Aside from those entries. I personally did not find anything else Android powered. Honestly, I spent probably three times as long as I needed to and even longer than I wanted to in the Car Audio section of CES2011 searching for our little green robot. I truly believed that this year the major Car Audio manufacturers would have at least a mock-up of an Android based Head Unit. It looks like there may be some interest on the part of both Car Audio and even Google (to a point – look for a feature length article in the next week).
What does everyone think – am I misguided in thinking that this would have been at CES? If Pioneer, Kenwood, Sony, JVC, or any of the others wanted to add Android, as well as be allowed to license/use Google maps, do you think Android could take over this market as well? I’ve included a poll below to see your thoughts.
Below you will find one picture of the Asteroid, a short video by Phandroid, and three photos that I took of the Proof of Concept at the Nvidia booth.