Parrot is probably best known to most of us for the cool AR.Drone and all the different Bluetooth gear the company has been peddling for years. Parrot is into OEM offerings like Bluetooth hands free systems for cars and trucks as well. Some details of a new product using Android have surfaced in a Frost & Sullivan interview with Parrot’s Global OEM Director Eric Riyahi.
Riyahi offers some insights on Parrot’s FC6100 module that uses the Android OS to integrate numerous software libraries for various functions into the vehicle system. The module does the things we expect of hands free systems in cars today like allow for Bluetooth calls, voice control, and hands free features. The module will also offer some very cool integration with Android apps.
The Android framework will allow the driver and passengers to integrate the cars system with apps from the Android Market. That would mean a driver could download apps for things like speed camera databases, navigation, media management and just about anything else you can think of and use them in the car. The FC6100 will also share a 3G mobile connection amongst passengers in the car using WiFi. There is no word on when the FC6100 will hit the market or in what vehicles it will be used.