Introducing The Clarion Mirage, The First Android-Based OEM Grade Car Stereo
I swear there’s a stereo unit in that picture somewhere. Anyways, Clarion has unveiled the first Android-based OEM grade car stereo and is in talks with a few major automakers to have them come standard in select models. These Froyo (yea, I know) packing AVN style double-DIN players will have all the features you crave in a car stereo.
- A 6.5-inch LCD hooked up to Android’s touch-screen graphical user interface (GUI)
- Android 2.2 Froyo, but customised for a car platform
- Access to the Google Play Store
- SD card slot
- Navigation engine provided by Navigon AG
- Radio with RDS and VAPS 3D
- Meets international automotive standards for quality and safety
- Expansion options include a vehicle telematics display, reverse camera, steering wheel buttons, additional rear LCD screens and a DVD player or changer.
While Clarion is currently marketing the Mirage to car manufacturers and assemblers, they expect to have a full retail unit out by the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing wasn’t revealed but is said to be “similar in price to today’s AVNs,” for whatever that’s worth.
I’m still trying to figure out how this thing meets international automotive standards for quality and safety as I can think of nothing more distracting than an Android center console constantly tempting me to touch it. Okay, that’s enough of that.
I knew we’d start seeing Android penetrate into the automotive market and while this isn’t the first Android-based stereo unit, it is the first to meet OEM grade standards — which means you’ll soon be seeing these as an optional upgrade in your next car purchase.
Now let’s get these things updated with some Ice Cream Sandwich! Drool over the picks below.