We saw the Parrot ASTEROID while were at CES2011. The ASTEROIDÂ is a one of kind in dash Android based deck. It offers everything your tradition in dash deck does, with the added benefits of Android. Slated to finally hit stores in October you can expect a 3.2″ TFT color (non-touch) screen, 4 USB ports, RCA, and of course a customized version of Android all for $349.00.
Parrot ASTEROID The car is now connected to the Internet Parrot – one of the leaders in wireless peripherals for mobile phones â€“ revealsParrot ASTEROID, a new generation of car receiver combining advanced hands-free telephony with, for the first time, access to web services. WithÂ ASTEROID, Parrot is steering the future of Internet in the car and offers a solution adapted to aftermarket and OEM. Easy access to new services Parrot ASTEROIDÂ is the first car receiver working on the Androidâ„¢ operating system. Once connected to a GPS dongle (provided with the product) and a 3G key (not provided), it enables access to innovativeÂ webÂ services. InÂ the US, 6 applicationsÂ will be available in October 2011: Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Geo-localization oÂ Â Â MapsÂ is a cartography service which identifies and locates points of interest close to the vehicle. Using the zoom function enables the user to dial, hands free, the indicated phone numbers of selectedÂ business, access their information or plan routes. oÂ Â Â RoadtripÂ is an itinerary service to touristic points of interest which vocally provides historical and meteorological information linked to the selected venue. Pictures are also displayed onÂ Â Â Â Â Â the screen of the ASTEROID. Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Driving assistance oÂ Â Â Wikango* is a connected speed camera warning app system especially adapted to the ASTEROID screen that provides information about speed controls in real time. The spots are declared and shared between Wikango users. oÂ Â Â Â WeatherÂ is offering weather forecast information during the entire road trip. Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Contact management oÂ Â Â TextFriendly* provides drivers the possibility to read and compose emails or text messages by the voice, without any manipulation of theÂ mobileÂ phone. Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Music oÂ Â Â TuneInÂ provides access to music, sports, news or current events from anywhere in the world with more than 50,000 stations to choose from. Parrot ASTEROIDÂ is an open platform so is able to add applications. A multi-source and hands-free music listening Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Multi-compatibility Parrot ASTEROIDÂ enables the user to listen toÂ musicÂ from various sources: USB key, iPhoneÂ® / iPodÂ®, MP3 player, SD card and now, online radio stations (thanks to 3G). Music files can also be sent to the car receiver from aÂ mobileÂ phone and via BluetoothÂ® stereo A2DP. ASTEROIDÂ further offers the functionality of a traditional car receiver with a FM/AM tuner and RDS text+ service. Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Music search by voice A dedicated button on theÂ Parrot ASTEROIDÂ activates voice recognition to search for the name of an artist or an album without using the wheel button of the car receiver. TheÂ ASTEROIDÂ will automatically search for your request in the connected peripherals. The excellence of hands-free telephony Compatible with all brands of BluetoothÂ® mobile phones, theÂ Parrot ASTEROIDoffers advanced functionality of hands-free telephony. Paired with a mobile phone, it synchronizes and automatically updates its phonebook. Access to the phonebook can be achieved hands-free thanks to training-free voice recognition. The driver only has to say the name of a contact from their phonebook, and dialing will start automatically with the conversation conducted on the audio system of the car. A sleek and elegant design Deep black with backlight buttons, theÂ Parrot ASTEROIDÂ integrates itself perfectly in all car interiors. Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Detachable -Â the left partÂ is equipped with a magnetic guiding system for an easy and fast insertion of the faceplate. Discreet buttons give access to the main functionality of hands-free telephony or music system, and a rotary button allows for navigation in the different menus. Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The right partÂ is a 3.2â€ TFT color screen which displays the name and picture of the phonebook contacts, album covers, the selection of available applications and services, or Maps and other web applications. With a 1 DIN standard format,Â Parrot ASTEROIDÂ is adapted for the majority of dashboards and is easy to install. Its multiple connections – 4 USB ports, jack cable and RCA – positioned on the back of the car receiver facilitate the integration of the product. Solutions adapted to each market ASTEROIDÂ is addressing the market of automotive accessories. Parrot also proposes the FC6100 module which enables car manufacturers and equipment manufacturers to integrate it as an original equipment in any car and will offer hands free systems, multi-connectivities, access to services and web application capabilities from theÂ Parrot ASTEROID. Android for the car WithÂ ASTEROID, Parrot has developed the first car receiver working on Android operating system and offering a multiplatform compatibility. Android corresponds perfectly to the positioning of Parrot products. Further, in simplifying the development of applications, Android succeeds in attracting a large number of developers worldwide. This extremely active community already create thousands of applications; some of them could be adapted and loaded onto theÂ Parrot ASTEROID. Price and availability Parrot ASTEROIDÂ will be available in October 2011 at the recommended retail price of US$ 349 RRP. Technical Specifications:Â http://www.parrot.com/asteroid Even though you have a hands-free solution: always be careful on the road! Driving requires all of your attention. Calling while you are driving may induce careless behavior. A Bluetooth hands-free solution contributes to reducing risks but does not avoid them completely. Parrot reminds you that it is important to behave responsibly while driving: Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Do not hold your mobile phone while calling in the car Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Warn the person you are talking to that you are driving and should keep the conversation short Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Do not become involved in a complicated or emotional conversation Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â If the conversation prevents you from driving cautiously, please, hang up Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â If possible, park your car in a safe place (not on the hard shoulder or at a red light) Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Keep your hands on the wheel and use the voice commands Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Never text (SMS) while driving except if you can do it vocally via a specific service About PARROT Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, stands on the cutting edge ofÂ innovation. The company was founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux as part of his determination to drive the inevitable breakthrough of mobile phones into everyday life by creating high-quality, user-friendly wireless devices for easy living. Parrot has developed the most extensive range of hands-free systems on the market for cars, motorbikes and scooters, including wireless multimedia products geared towards audiovisual applications. In 2008, Parrot launched a new prestige line of high-end products bearing the hallmark of renowned artists and in 2010, the AR.Drone, the first quadricopter piloted via WiFi and using augmented reality. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, currently employs 550 people worldwide and generates 85% of its sales overseas. Parrot is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris since 2006. (FR0004038263 â€“ PARRO) More information: www.parrot.com / www.ardrone.com / www.parrotoem.com Â®The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Parrot S.A. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.