Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

Chris Burns - Jan 4, 2015, 8:10 pm CST
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Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

If you’ve got the ability to install a stereo system in your vehicle, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to roll with Parrot‘s new system aiming to make every vehicle smart. The Parrot RNB6 is an in-car infotainment system that’s made to be sent to market on its own. While most infotainment systems sell the vehicle, this system sells itself. Based on Android 5.0 and rolling with a 7-inch touchscreen, this device is ready to push your vehicle into the future.

It does just what it looks like it does. You take your current (probably stock) stereo out and install the Parrot RNB6. It connects with standard 2-DIN plugs, gives you a collection of optional plugs, and gives your vehicle access to functionality only the highest-end vehicles otherwise have.

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The Parrot RNB6 is able to function as a standard Android device – sort of like a tablet – but it’s also able to run Google’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These systems allow you access to your iPhone’s car-friendly functionality and your Android device’s innards as well.

Of course you’ll be able to connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone as well for audio and/or in-vehicle voice calls.

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This system connects to your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD2) allowing you to see technical data – particularly helpful when you’ve got a “check engine” light flashing. Real-time alerts, tire pressure, parking sensors, and more are integrated – just so long as your vehicle was released after the year 1996 in the United States.

Availability on the Parrot RNB6 is general for the moment – some time inside the year 2015. There’s no pricing information available at this time, but we’re expecting affordability to be standard.


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