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Awesome gadget lets you use CarPlay and Android Auto without buying a new car

Published Jan 5th, 2015 10:15AM EST
CarPlay vs Android Auto: Parrot RNB 6
Image: Parrot

Smartphone users looking to own a “smart” car that can offer them either Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto features could save a lot of money by not actually buying a new car, and instead investing in a new gadget from Parrot that was just unveiled at CES 2015.

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The Parrot RNB 6 can support both CarPlay and Android Auto, CNET reports, unlike the Pioneer’s similar gadget, the NEX, that can offer only iOS support.

The RNB 6 is a two-DIN unit that offers users a 7-inch 720p HD display, HDMI support for external video, satellite and FM/AM radio inputs, internal storage, GPS support, and 55 watts per four channel output. The device runs a special version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, but can switch to iOS when an iPhone is plugged in.

Pricing details for the RNB 6 are not available just yet, though the device should be a lot more affordable than a new automobile coming with CarPlay and/or Android Auto out of the box. Furthermore, it’s not clear at this time when the RNB 6 will be available in stores.

A video demoing the device’s main features follows below.

Looking for more coverage from CES? Be sure to check out our CES 2015 hub!

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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