Exploring the Parrot ASTEROID: A world of infotainment for vehicles

Parrot once again establishes its technological leadership and its unique vision of in-car infotainment with three new innovative and connected solutions for consumers:

Parrot ASTEROID Mini (Apps, Music and Hands-Free Telephony),

Parrot ASTEROID Tablet (Apps, GPS, Music and Hands-Free Telephony)

and Parrot ASTEROID Smart (Apps, Navigation, Video, Music and Hands-Free Telephony).

These three systems, forming part of the Parrot ASTEROID development platform of connected products running on the Android TM OS, provide access to a world of services and contents in car.

With the ASTEROID range, Parrot revolutionises in-car infotainment and establishes itself as a leading player on the market by offering a performing range of in-car communication systems that match and take advantage of Smartphone functionalities.

Parrot ASTEROID range: A Vast Number of Functionalities!

The results of over four years of research and development, Parrot ASTEROID Mini, Parrot ASTEROID Tablet and Parrot ASTEROID Smart run on Android™ and benefit from Parrot technological excellence in hands-free telephony and multimedia systems.

The three solutions include the following functionality:

  • Infotainment

–           Access to numerous Apps and content via a 3G, 4G key or via Bluetooth or USB tethering from a mobile phone or tablet.

–          Download new Apps from the ASTEROID Market online store.

  • Music

–          Search for an artist or album by voice and on all connected devices.

–          Connection to various musical sources: iDevices, USB key, SD card, MP3 player…

–          Transfer music files from a mobile phone or tablet in Bluetooth® stereo A2DP.

  • Navigation

–                    Navigation / GPS solutions (vary by Parrot ASTEROID model).

  • Hands-free telephony

–          Compatibility with all brands of Bluetooth mobile phones on the market; automatic phonebook synchronization; user-independent voice recognition; text-to-speech; simultaneous management of two mobile phones thanks to ‘Parrot Dual Mode’ technology; noise reduction and echo cancelling …

Parrot ASTEROID range: Tailored-Made Infotainment Solutions

  • Parrot ASTEROID Mini : Apps, Music and Hands-Free Telephony

With a 3,2” color screen, the Parrot ASTEROID Mini installs on the vehicle’s dashboard and comes with a GPS antenna and a wireless remote control to be attached to the steering wheel.

Connected to the Internet via 3G, 4G key or a tethering mobile phone connected by Bluetooth or USB, Parrot ASTEROID Mini accesses the ASTEROID Market in order to download Apps and other services like a simplified GPS system, a music library…

Availability: March 2013

RRP: R 3 199.00

  • Parrot ASTEROID Tablet : Apps, GPS, Music and Hands-Free Telephony

The Parrot ASTEROID Tablet has a large 5” colour capacitive multi-touch screen with an integrated GPS antenna. It installs easily to the vehicle’s dashboard or windshield thanks to a repositionable foot.

In the manner of a multimedia tablet, navigation of the menu is tactile via the screen, and a wireless remote control with a sensitive panel also enables the drive to manage functionality including hands-free telephony, selection of music source and music search by the voice…

In addition to accessing Apps and services via 3G, 4G key or by tethering from a mobile phone or tablet connected by Bluetooth or USB, the Parrot ASTEROID Tablet can connect to a proximity Wi-Fi network. It is then possible to download a GPS solution and a large selection of applications from the ASTEROID Market.

Lastly, the Parrot ASTEROID Tablet offers many audio settings thanks to the Virtual SuperBass2 and Sound Spatializer systems.

Availability: March 2013

RRP: R 4 499.00

  • Parrot ASTEROID Smart : Apps, Navigation, Video, Music and Hands-Free Telephony

With its wide 6,2” colour multi-touch screen, the Parrot ASTEROID Smart is a comprehensive connected multimedia car head unit. Its 2DIN format fits perfectly into the central column of the dashboard in many vehicles.

Control of the menus of the Parrot ASTEROID Smart is tactile via the touch screen.

Equipped with a GPS antenna, the Parrot ASTEROID Smart includes a complete on-board navigation system.

Numerous applications adapted to the size of the screen of the Parrot ASTEROID Smart and to its specific functionalities are downloadable on the ASTEROID Market via 3G, 4G key, by tethering from a mobile phone or tablet connected by Bluetooth or USB or by connecting to a proximity Wi-Fi network. These applications include radios and podcasts from all over the world; driving assistance solution; tourist information and many more!

Equipped with various connectors (6 RCA, 1 video input & 1 video output), the Parrot ASTEROID Smart can be connected to a rear camera or to a rear seat AV system.

Availability: March 2013

RRP: R 8 799.00

Parrot ASTEROID Market: A Dedicated Apps Store

To provide drivers and passengers with innovative applications and services adapted to in-car usage, Parrot has opened an online store: ASTEROID Market.

Directly accessible from a Parrot ASTEROID Mini, Parrot ASTEROID Tablet, Parrot ASTEROID Smart and the Parrot ASTEROID Classic (available since 2011) when connected to the Internet; the ASTEROID Market comprises a large number of applications developed by Parrot and renowned partners.

Classified by category* (Driving assistance, Music, Points of interest…), by price or by number of downloads, users can customise their Parrot ASTEROID solution by selecting Apps and content that will meet their needs:

Driving assistance

  • Best parking
  • iCoyote
  • Jetfoo
  • Fuel for less    
  • Parking        
  • Parrot Maps   
  • Wikango

Music

  • Deezer
  • Orange LiveRadio
  • Spotify
  • TuneIn

Navigation

  • iGO Primo
  • Waze

Points of interest

  • PagesJaunes
  • Roadtrip

Productivity

  • Roadhub

Communication

  • TextFriendly        

News

  • Meteo

*Non exhaustive list. Some apps mentioned above may not be available in some countries.

Parrot ASTEROID Market is also available from a computer connected to the Internet; applications can be downloaded on a SD card and installed on Parrot ASTEROID products within seconds. Creating an account is free of charge to all customers and applications will be a mix of free of charge and paid for.

Parrot FC6100: The ASTEROID solutions for car makers and equipment manufacturers

The Parrot FC6100 module enables auto manufacturers and equipment manufacturers to integrate all or part of Parrot ASTEROID functionalities to the new generation of vehicle as original equipment.

The fully customizable Parrot FC6100 module meets the technological and economic constraints auto manufacturers and equipment manufacturers may face; and the AndroidTM environment for the car created by Parrot enables them to develop specific applications available via their own online apps store.

For more information, please visit www.parrot.com

Also view:

Hands-free, Distracted Driving and Road Safety

Avoiding Distractions while driving

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