Parrot to Bring Integrated Internet Access to Cars, Says Frost & Sullivan

By Frost Sullivan, PRNE
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

LONDON, October 7, 2010 - "One of the main challenges facing the automotive world is to obtain
continuous and affordable high-quality, high-speed data connection from the
carriers. Although easy universal access to the internet from cars may still
be long in coming to the general public, we at Parrot have already taken
major steps in that direction."


Thus remarks Eric RIYAHI, Global OEM Director at Parrot, in an interview
with Frost & Sullivan, Global Growth Consulting Company, regarding recent
developments in the Automotive & Transportation industry. For years, car
manufacturers have sought to make ongoing connectivity in automobiles a
reality. With multiple companies vying to champion this development, Parrot
has distinguished itself through its recent solution offering connectivity
via its Wi-Fi/3G+ Gateway.

There are various vehicle offerings available on the market today, such
as Ford's integrated Sync solution, and Audi's solution based on Google
technology. However, Parrot's next generation FC6100 module offers higher
integration levels at lower costs. Parrot's success in the rapid combination
of new connectivity with Bluetooth, USB devices, iPod, iPhone, Wi-Fi, and
state-of-the-art audio expertise, has been extended to include internet
connection through 3G+.

The Wi-Fi/3G+ Gateway enables the module to access the internet in 3G+
and redistribute it to the car's occupants in Wi-Fi. This allows them to
connect their various devices to the internet through the gateway,
facilitating usage by multiple passengers in a single vehicle, through
connectivity for laptops, phones, tablets, and various other types of

The FC6100 module integrates the entirety of Parrot's software libraries
into the Android framework, combining the best of Parrot connectivity with
the most popular features offered by Android Market Apps. These include
hands-free telephony, speaker independent voice recognition, media management
and acoustics, as well as mapping and POI services, yellow pages, speed
camera database, and navigation.

"Android is a Linux-based operating system, increasingly widespread in
the Smartphone world and currently making its way into the car market,"
continues Eric RIYAHI. "As an open-source platform, it is heavily supported
by a strong community developing an ever-increasing wealth of applications."

The FC6100's interface reaches widespread standards, such as I2S, USB,
WiFi, Bluetooth, UART, among others. This comprehensive accessibility allows
very simple integration in the car environment. The module also includes
Bluetooth 3.0 communication, offering increased data transfer speed. This
allows for the simultaneous combination of several BT use cases. Examples of
this multiplicity can be seen in the following scenarios: accessing online
services on the car's display via the phone, while placing a call; or placing
a hands-free call while back passengers stream music from the driver's phone
to their wireless headsets.

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About Parrot

Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, stands on
the cutting edge of innovation. The company was founded in 1994 by Henri
as part of his determination to drive the inevitable breakthrough of
mobile phones into everyday life by creating high-quality, user-friendly
wireless devices for easy living. Parrot has developed the most extensive
range of hands-free systems on the market for cars, motorbikes and scooters,
including wireless multimedia products geared towards audiovisual
applications. In 2008, Parrot launched a new prestige line of high-end
products bearing the hallmark of renowned artists. Parrot, headquartered in
Paris, currently employs 450 people worldwide and generates 85% of its sales

Parrot is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris since 2006. Euronext Paris - Eurolist C: FR0004038263 - PARRO

Monika Kwiecinska of Frost & Sullivan, Corporate Communications - Europe, +48 22 390 4127, mobile, +48 793 925 390, monika.kwiecinska at

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