In 2009 Parrot made headlines with their iPhone compatible car receiver, the RKi8400.  And once again they’ve drawn attention to their car division by announcing the Asteroid, a single DIN car receiver running the Android platform.

The front panel is composed of a 3.2-inch LCD that is not, from what we can tell, touchscreen compatible, but is controlled by the adjacent buttons and knob.  There are 3 USB ports for adding your MP3 player of choice, even an iPhone or iPod touch, though we’re not sure if there is a hidden slot behind the faceplate as found in the RKi8400.

The Asteroid can provide Internet radio as well as GPS turn-by-turn directions, provided of course a 3G dongle and GPS receiver are plugged into the USB ports.  Apparently, the Asteroid can receive Android updates, but you’ll probably need the 3G dongle to receive them.

Aside from the USB port, media playback can be obtained by inserting an SD card, Bluetooth or AUX input.  If you opt for Bluetooth with a compatible phone, the Asteroid will be able to route calls through your car’s speakers and can be controlled with voice commands.

Unfortunately, there is no price or release date yet, but you can probably expect it to launch sometime later this year.

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Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."