We posted earlier this week that Mazda has released an app for the Apple iPhone to help drivers in roadside emergencies.
Parrot introduced its new Android-OS-powered single-DIN head unit, Asteroid, at the 2011 International CES. This receiver combines advanced hands-free phone usage, connection to Web services and access to apps and music from multiple sources, the company stated.
Slated to be available in the second quarter of 2011 in the U.S., Parrot Asteroid is provides a range of services via a GPS dongle (provided by Parrot) and a 3G key (not provided). One service is Parrot Maps, a mapping service that allows a driver to identify streets and businesses close to his or her vehicle. By zooming on the address, the user can dial, hands-free, the indicated phone number or plan an itinerary. Additional location-oriented services include finding parking or gas stations, traffic reports and construction alerts. Parrot said that it plans to expand the types of driving-related services offered via the Asteroid receiver.
The brave new world of smartphone apps is budding everywhere, and that includes the automotive industry, now that car manufacturers are looking for new ways to engage with both owners and brand fans. Following is an overall list of current smartphone applications (the vast majority of which are designed for the iPhone platform) developed by automakers.