Paris: Parrot has announced that it will be supplying McLaren with its new innovative connected Infotainment open-platform for its future vehicle lines.
This solution will be the new generation of McLaren’s “IRIS” infotainment system. It will be a new implementation of
Parrot’s ASTEROID Infotainment platform and will enable McLaren drivers to access top of-the-line connected applications and services such as:
Navigation with iGo Primo software from NNG (Auto Navi for the Chinese market or It sumo Navi for the Japanese market), including live traffic information via TMC or 3G/LTE.
Online mapping and search for Points Of Interest, with the ability to trigger the navigation to a chosen destination.
Internet radio TuneIn, aggregating radio stations from all over the world. These online radios are supplemented by local ones that are received by the unit’s AM/FM tuner with phase diversity.
Multimedia playback of music files from local sources (iPods®, USB thumb drives….).
Internet browsing (not available when driving) . The browser allows Java animations and films.
The new-generation “IRIS” will also manage phone calls over Bluetooth, with high-performance Active Echo Cancelling and Noise Reduction algorithms. These technologies will also allow customers to select an artist on all available media including local sources on the USB ports, or a radio station through the TuneIn App.
The new-generation “IRIS” will take the shape of an automotive head unit designed by Parrot. It will connect to the vehicle’s CAN bus (Controller Area Network) and adapt to McLaren’s portrait-mode center-stack display, with the addition of a new capacitive touch panel allowing smooth scrolling and gesture support. The new-generation “IRIS” will be capable of accessing the Internet by tethering to the customer’s smartphone over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi or using a 3G/LTE USB dongle.
Eric Riyahi, Executive Vice-President at Parrot, said: “Parrot is honored to collaborate with McLaren in bringing the best in connected automotive infotainment to its supercars. In this project, Parrot uses the Android framework for popular Apps, connects it to the Internet over 3G/LTE andnhances it by integrating Parrot software libraries such as voice recognition, media playing, telephony and acoustics meeting automotive quality standards for reliability, compatibility and security. As a result, with top-level performance and quality, the new-generation “IRIS” is set to obtain McLaren’s approval based on the most demanding qualification plans such as DC-10611/14/15.”
Haydn Baker – Head of Vehicle Line from McLaren Automotive, said: “At McLaren, we are very excited to be working with Parrot on the next generation IRIS infotainment system, and to have the opportunity to offer a new innovative connected Infotainment platform to our customers. The highly collaborative nature of this development will ensure that we can integrate Parrot’s knowledge and technical expertise with the innovation and ideals of McLaren to deliver a truly exceptional product.”