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The Android Head Unit Has Arrived Courtesy Of Parrot

If you have a Brookstone in your local mall (and who doesn’t) then you’ve probably seen Parrot’s signature product, the A.R. Drone Copter. So to say Parrot is innovative may be the understatement of the year.  Parrot’s booth at CES back in January was a giant netted off area to fly Drone Copters all around.

Parrot has been working on another product in the background and it is the Parrot Asteroid. For all intents and purposes it is a head unit for the car powered by none other than our favorite operating system, Android. The Parrot Asteroid after market receiver includes a GPS dongle and a 3g dongle is available as well that allows the head unit to connect to the internet.

More after the break

Sure both Android and iOS enthusiasts have used an aux cable or an FM modulator to use their internet enabled phones through their stock or other after market head unit but this is what we’ve been waiting for.  Parrot has beat Alpine, Pioneer, and even Sony to the punch when it comes to in car internet.

The Parrot Asteroid is packed with features:

GPS on Steroids
The Asteroid takes geo-localisation to another level with GPS enabled maps, points of interest, and more. Their cartography service locates points of interest along the users route and allows them to zoom in to call businesses hands free, access web based information and plan routes.

Speed Trap Warnings:
The Parrot Asteroid includes Wikango  a speed trap warning app which provides information on speed traps in real time and shares information between other Wikango users. This isn’t a “radar detector” so even in states like Virginia, where radar detectors are illegal you can still get information that will help save you money, and time.

Contact Management:
Asteroid features “Text Friendly” this feature allows you to hear SMS and email messages and then use voice controls to reply to messages, and even start new ones.  This is a great feature for hands-free driving and correspondence to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

The Asteroid has lots of ways to get music, USB Key, SD Card, Bluetooth connection, or online radio. Asteroid offers “Tune In” with access to music, sports and over 50,000 stations across the world to tune into. It also has an AM/FM reciever.  Asteroid also offers a voice activated music search via a dedicated button which will search all your connected peripherals to find the song or album you want by Artist Name, Song Name, Album name etc.

So now the nitty gritty,

The Asteroids MSRP is $349 and they are planning to have them available in mid October.

Source: Parrot via Fierce


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