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Question Parrot Asteroid Smart

Hi guys, has anyone looked into the upcoming Parrot Asteroid Smart as a replacement for their 730N RHR radio?

Parrot - Parrot ASTEROID Smart

With all the connections on the back of the Smart, I'm wondering if it would be plug-and-play with the GC and work with the steering wheel controls, OEM mic, back-up camera, etc.

Any input is greatly appreciated

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Re: Parrot Asteroid Smart

No mention in the specs about integration with the communications bus in the host vehicle...
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Re: Parrot Asteroid Smart

Yeah looks like you would still need some kind of PAC like CAN bus adapter to make it work. You also need two antenna inputs to be plug and play with OEM SAT/GPS/Broadcast antennas.

The number of interfaces seem fewer than offerings from Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood, Clarion.
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Re: Parrot Asteroid Smart

Greetings,

The tread of the digital media car receiver is starting to pick up pace once again. Since, this is an Android based unit, the interfacing between Android smartphone's and the unit should able to handle the interfacing (computer talking to another computer). Whereas, the Pioneer's AppRadio and Advance App Mode Units seams to have interfacing issues resulting in software problems. I have not done enough research on the JVC units to determine an opinion as of yet. I have not read any additional information on how the Asteroid Smart interfaces with IOS devices and their respective apps.

My early observations on this unit that I like so far:

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IMO, I wish this had a 7 inch screen.
It uses IGO Primo for the navi and comes with it's own external SAT antenna.
6 volt pre-out for nice clean signal.
Internet connectivity options.
Parrot's excellent bluetooth.
I have to read more about the navi if works similar to today in-dash gps based units in terms of muting for directions and/or the navi screen pops up for turns. Can you update the software engine besides the map update as you do with the apps? Can you use a USB hub to create additional inputs? The two items that I would like to see is a digital output option for a direct connection into a DSP processor and option for an external SAT for SirusXm (IMO, the app's interface is better than the in dash screens) in order to run their app.

I am holding back from changing the headunit until I see how the new digital age pans out in the next year.

Best for now.
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Re: Parrot Asteroid Smart

Hey guys, thanks for the replies! Like ColdCase says, it looks like the trick is going to be connectivity. In looking at images of the back of both units, I see (with my very limited knowledge) that RHR carries power, speakers, mic, rearview camera, steering wheel controls, etc on a single connector, whereas Parrot has separate connectors for each.

I hope someone (Parrot maybe?) makes an adapter. I really want to replace the old school RHR. I've looked into Pioneer, Sony, etc. but have not seen good reviews on any of them.

So for now it's "Calling John Smith on mobile, Calling" for me
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Re: Parrot Asteroid Smart

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Hey guys, thanks for the replies! Like ColdCase says, it looks like the trick is going to be connectivity. In looking at images of the back of both units, I see (with my very limited knowledge) that RHR carries power, speakers, mic, rearview camera, steering wheel controls, etc on a single connector, whereas Parrot has separate connectors for each.

I hope someone (Parrot maybe?) makes an adapter. I really want to replace the old school RHR. I've looked into Pioneer, Sony, etc. but have not seen good reviews on any of them.

So for now it's "Calling John Smith on mobile, Calling" for me
Those signals are on separate PINs within the connectors, so its just a matter of soldering in one of the std adapter cables. The CAN bus digital interface is more complicated and would needs something like an active PAC adapter. CAN caries things like speed, security, diagnostics, and amplified controls. It is unlikely the radio is plug and play compatible with the steering wheel buttons.

Just saying that the analog interfaces may the easy part, although the RHR used proprietary antenna connectors. My definition of plug and play is you pull one radio out and plug the other in, where some here consider rewiring the vehicle and adding components like antennas still in the realm of plug and play.

I think the future seems to be a relatively dumb head I/O unit with the smarts being in a smart device. You use the smart device and applications of your choice, not stuck with something already 4 or 5 years old when put in the car.
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