New Smart Car Radio Announced

French mobile technology firm, Parrot announced a new ‘smart’ car radio that can assist vehicle owners finding cheap fuel, free parking spots and speed traps while taking music requests and placing phone calls on the device.

Parrot is currently at the CES in Las Vegas, where it will display its new technology from Thursday.

The Asteroid has USB ports for MP3 players, GPS devices and the types of 3G network wireless Internet service keys that people use for laptop computers.

According to the company, the 3G keys link the radios to the Internet, enabling applications to access online services and data. The radio will also allow drivers to make hands-free telephone calls. The radios will also provide maps and driving routes.

Parrot made a version operating on the Android OS, which will enable Asteroid to handle a host of software applications.

Music features on the radio include spoken requests for specific songs or artists, with the device searching connected devices or the Internet for the music.

The company will display a touch-screen, dash-mounted version of the Asteroid.

Pricing information for the device has not been mentioned.

Asteroid is expected to be released in Europe by the end of March and in the United States by the middle of 2011.

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