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Parrot’s Asteroid app platform lands in Volvo dashboards

The Volvo XC60 and its ilk will soon feature Android-powered infotainment thanks to Parrot.

(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)

Parrot’s bringing the lessons learned when developing its Asteroid series of car stereos to the next generation of Volvo cars with the Android-based Sensus Connected Touch platform.

Like the Parrot Asteroid Smart that I recently reviewed, the Sensus Connected Touch is a touchscreen interface that is based on a heavily modified version of Android (likely version 2.3) and will connect to the internet via a Bluetooth paired smartphone, Wi-Fi tethered access point, or USB-connected 3G/4G dongle. Also like the Asteroid Smart, Sensus will give its users access to a variety of vehicle specific apps available in Parrot’s Asteroid Market, including music on-demand services such as Spotify and Deezer, Internet radio via TuneIn, turn-by-turn navigation by iGO Primo, and speed trap and road hazard warnings through the Coyote Series and Wikango HD apps. As the Asteroid Market’s selection of apps grows (which Parrot assures us will happen), so will the Sensus system’s available functions.

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