updated 09:10 am EDT, Tue September 1, 2009
Parrot iPhone Car Stereo
Parrot today previewed the Frankfurt Auto Show by launching the RKi8400. A rare in-dash car stereo meant specifically for the iPhone, the system lets users browse the Apple smartphone's music by album cover on an LCD and automatically invokes hands-free mode when a call comes in. Stereo Bluetooth is onboard as well and provides hands-free calling to any cellphone in addition to music playback for any device that recognizes A2DP, including iPhones and second-generation iPod touch models with 3.0 firmware.
Most other dockable iPods are supported, as are music files stored on USB storage. An SDHC card slot gives it semi-permanent storage without occupying the USB port. For anything else, the single-DIN unit also has a dual line-in jack, and all sources have access to the unit's 200W MOSFET amp.
Americans should already have access to the RKi8400, which sells for $400.