By Lisa Johnston
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Parrot unveiled this month an in-dash car radio with a docking compartment for an iPhone or iPod.
The “mechless” radio (without a CD mechanism) integrates with an iPhone/iPod, which docks behind the radio faceplate that is removable and replaceable by a simple magnetized connection.
The unit charges the iPhone/iPod and plays back music through the car sound system.
The Parrot RKi8400 also has built-in stereo Bluetooth, a USB port and an SD card reader. It uses a 2.4–inch color LCD TFT screen and a large dial for scrolling through album art and playlists. When the cellphone rings, the system automatically switches to hands-free mode.
The single-DIN RKi8400 also offers Bluetooth calling features, such as voice recognition and automatic synchronization of names in a phonebook, without the need for voice training. It is compatible with “all Bluetooth mobile phone brands available on the market,” said Kelly Zachos, marketing director for North America.
The RLi8400, $399, will ship in November. It is Made for iPod and Works with iPhone certified.
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