Parrot releases iPhone car stereo


Wireless peripherals company Parrot has launched the RKi8400, a new car stereo for the Apple iPhone.

It features a connection dedicated to the iPhone and iPod with a user interface that features a large dial and 2.4-inch full colour screen to view album covers stored on the iPhone, enabling easy navigation of playlists. When the phone rings, the system automatically switches to handsfree mode.

Bluetooth technology also enables users to play music from the iPhone 3.0 and other Bluetooth mobiles or players. It also features a USB port for portable hard drive or USB key, SD card reader and double line-in socket for an analogue source.

Calls can be made via the device by simply saying the caller’s name. It also comes with a double microphone to eliminate background noise, both inside and outside the vehicle.

Parrot founder and CEO Henri Seydoux said: “We were looking at how to take advantage of the iPhone in-car. All iPhone functions such as music, navigation of the music directory and playlists and Bluetooth phone capabilities have been adapted for in-car use. With your iPhone, the vocal recognition and Parrot acoustic quality, we think we’ve created the product that the hardest to please people are waiting for.”

The RKi8400 is available from Parrot’s online shop in the UK for £299.99.