29 Nov '12, 6pm

Smartphones move center stage in cars, even drones: Parrot, based here, has developed what Seydoux describes as

Smartphones move center stage in cars, even drones: Parrot, based here, has developed what Seydoux describes as

PARIS – With smartphones ubiquitous, what's the point of developing separate GPS, standalone infotainment and telephony systems in a car? A conventional proprietary in-car system simply duplicates smartphone hardware and functions. What's missing, argues Henri Seydoux, founder of car telephony specialist Parrot, is a "universal receiver" that can link with any mobile phone. Parrot, based here, has developed what Seydoux describes as "a counterpart to a smartphone" that enhances voice quality for hands-free car phones while improving audio acoustics. A voice recognition feature provides access to the smartphone's address book. Beyond in-car systems, the company is also targeting smartphone control of consumer gadgets. Parrot's Android-based universal receiver is targeted at car makers and the auto aftermarket. The company claims a sizeable share of the German and Japanese c...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4402351/Parrot-s-...

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