How smart is your car stereo? I’m happy that my stereo can interface with my iPhone and let me sort through my music efficiently. However, if you want something that does more than just play music and display the time, you might want to have a gander at what Parrot is cooking up with their Asteroid.
To my knowledge, this is the first car stereo to be powered by Google’s Android platform. Obviously, with this kind of underlying software, the possibilities are endless. The company includes a GPS dongle, which, when paired with a 3G USB key, gives you enhanced map features. Parrot Maps can identify streets and businesses that are nearby, and get traffic alerts.
Music is important (being a stereo and all), so its’ good to see that they’ve included a number of useful features here for playing your favorite tunes. Naturally, iPhones and iPods are compatible, as well as music files found on USB drives, MP3 players (via USB) and SD cards. What’s most interesting is its ability to connect to streaming stations using a 3G card. Other goodies include voice dialing, voice-activated artist search.
On the unit you will find the following connections:
- 3 high speed USB ports to connect a 3G key, a USB key and/or the provided GPS antenna ;
- 1 full speed USB port dedicated to iPhone or iPod
- 1 jack cable to connect an MP3 player
- 1 SD card reader
- 2 pairs of RCA pre-amp outputs
- 1 pair of RCA for subwoofer
We’re not sure of price just yet, but we should see the Parrot Asteroid hitting the US sometime in Q2 of this year.