[#CES2015] Parrot RNB6 is the winner of 2 awards:

In-Vehicle Audio/Video Best Of Innovation Award
and In-Vehicle Accessories/Control/Navigation innovation award



[July 2015 update] RNB6 project was showcased at CES Las Vegas in January 2015 (watch video below). This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers. www.parrotautomotive.com

Parrot RNB6 (project code name) is an exceptional Android 2-DIN Infotainment Navigation System. Developed with safety in mind, this revolutionary head-unit leverages Parrot’s extensive expertise in head-unit conception, voice recognition, Android operating system (Lollipop 5.0) and wireless technology to offer a smarter, safer and more innovative driving experience.


Parrot RNB6


Android Auto & CarPlay ready!

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In the press:

“And CarPlay/Android Auto feature is a welcome one for households—like mine!—that have a split platform personality. Or, you know, if you don’t want your car to dictate what phone you buy next.” – Brian Barrett, Gizmodo

“One other impressive feature here is that, like Parrot’s audio products, the RNB6 lets you adjust the sound stage inside the car, so that when the driver is by himself or herself, the music can be set to sound as if you’re sitting in the middle instead of off-center.” –Richard Lai, Engadget

“The really cool thing is that it’s OS agnostic. In other words, it can switch between Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at the touch of a button. Joe Svetlik, Trusted Reviews

The Verge: Parrot’s new dashboard wants to turn your old clunker into a smartcar

Gizmodo: Parrot’s New In-Dash System Gives Any Dumb Car Apple or Android Brains

CNET: Parrot RNB 6 brings Android Auto and CarPlay to any ol’ car

Slash Gear: Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

Engadget: Parrot’s Android-powered car system also does Apple CarPlay

Parrot RNB6 in a nutshell:

  • Plug in your Smartphone and run Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto to retrieve and display Apps from your Smartphone directly on the Parrot RNB6’s screen
  • Capture and automatically record audio and video of the road ahead with the in-vehicle HDR/Full HD Camera
  • Use the RNB6, powered by Android 5.0 in stand-alone mode:
    • Integrated navigation system
    • Driving assistance services
    • Advanced voice commands for telephony, Apps, radio and navigation (Voice activated destination entry)
  • Exceptional in Vehicle Network :
    • On Board Diagnostics (OBD2)
    • Vehicle Health Maintenance
    • Native settings monitoring such as steering wheel controls, TPMS support, Parking Sensors, air conditioner control and much more!

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        1. I’ve asked an update with Parrot and this was the answer i got:

          Is there an update when this unit (Parrot RNB6) will be released? IS it going to be released and for sale soon?
          “Unfortunately there is no update on the Parrot RNB6, actually on hold.”

          So i think it won’t see daylight on the market with this answer. I asked another question but never got an answer

    1. I managed to dig this up from a CES article on the RNB6; “The AX-SWC-PARROT will allow for Metra’s ASWC-1 steering wheel control interface to work with Parrot products” (source: http://www.carstereochick.com/2015/01/19/parrot-rnb6-supports-android-auto-apple-carplay/ ). As far as I can understand the article suggests it will have support for steering wheel commands, but not with the Unika.

      This could be a dealbreaker for me actually as mounting a 2-DIN head unit in a SAAB 9000 is a whole project in itself. Custom parts will need to be fabricated from a spare dasboard, people have done it but it takes a lot of time to get it up to factory standards. Reengineering the wheel controls to work with yet another adapter box could be a bit too much if it doesn’t support the “voltage ladder” type of input.

      Then again, my Asteroid Classic does need changing out and it doesn’t seem like Parrot is too interested in making 1-DIN units anymore. Please Parrot, bring Android to 1-DIN cars once again! All we have left are second hand Asteroid Classics and a few outdated Chinese sliding screen models. I can’t be the only one with this issue, right?

  1. Will this system come with the steering wheel command module, or will we have to purchase the unika kit?
    Will it read txt out and allow txt respond via voice
    Will it work in the Australian 4×2 and 4×4 utes/truck such as the Holden Colorado/Isuzu or the Great wall v200/240?
    What is the expected pricing of the unit?

  2. I really hope this works in My Ford Touch vehicles, I’d buy this thing in a heartbeat if I could put it in my 2015 Mustang that currently has the outdated MyFord Touch system

  3. This thing will be awesome. Really looking forward to it. All solutions currently available (this includes upcoming models from kenwood and pioneer) don’t have the feature set of or it would cost a lot more to add navigation, steering wheel control and neither of them feature PDC and climate control, let alone car diagnostics (will we get the all-in-one-pack with the RNB6?). Plus, the interface of those is just plain ugly. The original manufacturer models on the other hand cost up to 1,000€ on eBay and are most certainly stolen, so this is also a no go – that said, will the faceplate be removable?

    I wanted to add a similar setup to my car that consisted of a sony head unit and a 8 inch tablet connected to it. Tech alone would’ve cost about 600 bucks (wanted a tablet with phone function). Will it feature 3G (i.e. a sim slot) so that can be phone independent? That would be the icing on the cake 😀

    Please add a 599-699 price tag to it and you’ve got yourself a new customer! :)

  4. I’m so glad I held out for this. This is the unit someone should have made 4 years ago! Just put my dang phone on a display! It already does everything! Just let it run Google music, maps, and voice search, and that’s enough. Everything over WiFi would be a nice touch. Who has time to take phones out of their pockets?

  5. Pretty cool stuff! Depending on the vehicle? Operations and viewing could be distanced depending on how far away the dashboard face is to the driver. What about upgrades? This system is real pricey. And after a few years it will be outdated, not much different than the phones or anything else for that matter. Seems a bit superflous. And pricey, did I say that already? We are all for the connected car. We have the BYOD based type system. Bring your own device. And then take it with ya when ya leave the vehicle. Car & Truck Desks. Platforms for all platforms in a nutshell. Come See! We’ll Saw! Check us out! D2D

  6. Obviously none of you have used/seen the parrot asteroid smart. This rnb6 is just a new version of that. And it’s not that great. They “update” very seldom and when they do, it breaks more than it fixes. It sucks because if they could fix the problems it would be awesome. Just realize none of the driver assist, or climate control stuff will work with most cars. Wish I could leave a great excited comment, but they ruined me with the last model and still haven’t fixed it. At least with the rnb6 announcement I know where their focus has been, and why they haven’t fixed my asteroid smart.

    1. I have the asteroid smart and I have nothing but positives to say about it, Partially jail broke mine and added several apps that aren’t offered by Parrot. Sound system works great with my amp, movie quality is good in fact I haven’t found anything
      it doesn’t do as advertised. This system is great for the older BMW enthusiasts since you can install it without re doing the duct system to fit a double din.

    2. I have had the Asteroid Smart installed for over 6 months now in my Prado. It is awesome. I have added a reversing camera, sub woofer and ODB2 bluetooth interface. The unit looks fantastic and sounds great. I am hoping that some of the new device functionality (eg CarPlay) works its way down as a software upgrade.

    3. I have the Asteroid Smart in my car and as I am a little disappointed with some aspects, it is still pretty awesome overall. It’s main problem in my opinion is that it is just simply too underpowered to be totally usable. If it wasnt stuck on an ancient version of Android it would be far better.

    4. I have the Asteroid Classic. We’re stuck on Android 1.5, have no touchscreen nor WiFi and there’s still a few seconds of unresponsiveness after it automatically starts playing radio on boot (forgot to lower the volume after using line in? Though luck, you now have temporary hearing loss). Even with all of those issues, at the end of the day it still runs Android apps and fits in a 1-DIN socket.

  7. I wonder how this would work with a 2 and 4 channel amp. I have a two channel amp for my lows and a 4 channel amp for my interior speakers. I don’t see an RCA jacks. Wonder if they have a special plug for this.

      1. @Parrot: Any indication on when later is? Your comment was 2 months ago.

        Which quarter, for example? Or is it not ready yet and did your marketing department just get carried away at a trade show? My estimate is that you have a maximum of 3 months more before the competition catches up. If you haven’t released by then, you will have lost the goodwill you gained from the early announcement – people have a short term memory.

        Not to mention, if its still not released 5 months after the announcement, that’s a red flag in my book and I won’t be buying it.

        1. A large unnamed competitor released an Android Auto compatible head unit a few days ago, wether or not it runs android is still unclear to me but time certainly is running out. Being an Asteroid Classic user I’m still waiting on something to replace it with that can run Android apps.

          1. Make that two competitors. So that’s a total of 4 alternative head units already. And yes, they are all Android Auto and Apple Car play compatible.

  8. great! but I don’t quite like these physical buttons. What about a rotative knob for volume, one button for choosing music, one button for navigation and one button for phone. Because thats what I wanna do in one gesture when driving

  9. Please tell me this will have the same dimensions as the SMART. I’ve been looking for another android set up for a dual screen application.

  10. There should never be a screen such as this on the dash of any vehicle . How stupid !
    If it’s a backup cam ok ,otherwise no

  11. Hi, I have an nissan r34 and was wonder if all the functions would work if I was to install the new RNB6? Also where is the subwoofer connection on this unit. I’ve see the connection on the previous model, but where is it on this model?

    1. Thats what I am wondering?? Not just subwoofer pre-outs, but front and rears, like any other head-unit ever made in history. How could they drop the ball on this one simple feature. Sure, two HDMI ports is cool, but integration for aftermarket amps is a dealbreaker.

  12. Hi.
    Do you plan to support in car integration via native CAN network? For example I´m a Peugeot owner and all PSA cars use CAN network , so with that it could offer air conditioning control, steering wheel control, parking sensors monitoring, tire pressure sensors monitoring, trip computers. And I already saw many PSA owners (308, 3008, C3, C4, DS3, DS4, 508) interested in your new product.
    I know it has OBD2, but I don´t think that OBD2 can get all that information and control for the car.
    It would be very nice ! Or any kind of interface for PSA cars.

  13. When this product will be available in India or we buy online or can we order same from the manufacturer? Looking to buy immediately.

  14. It has an WiFi connection available 5ghz will I be able to download apps from Google play store or Apple market in the device parrot Rnb 6 itself. Anyone reading plus reply

  15. @ Parrot, I am very interested in your RNB6 to replace my slow and clunky Mazda6 NB1 head unit. Will it be released, to be fully compatible with the Commander knob on the center console and steering wheel controls for US market 2014-2015 GJ Mazda6?

    1. I agree! I want this to replace my crappy 2014 Mazda 6 infotainment system, as well! Please make this compatible with the Commander Swith and steering wheel controls!!!!!!

      1. Same boat here! I’ve been looking at the new Pioneer 4100 NEX for my 14 Mazda 6, but this come out soon enough and at a reasonable price, I’d love to buy one!

  16. If this has SiriusXM support built in/use the same adapter I use for my AVIC-NEX5000, and can support steering wheel controls. I am seriously interested. The built in diagnostics alone are worth upgrading. It’s nice to be able to have an idea of what you’re talking about when you go to a mechanic, can make sure your check engine light is what they say it is. If this lives up to the hype it’s getting, I would trade my NEX5000 in a heartbeat.

  17. Will there be a version with RCA front and rear-outputs? If yes, you’ll definitely have the best solution available. Otherwise, I’ll have to wait for one of your competitors. I already have an Asteroid Smart but it’s slow and I want to upgrade to a newer version but RCA-outputs (equals the ones on the Asteroid Smart) are absolutely necessary for me.

    1. The photos from CES of the prototype unit doesn’t show any RCA outputs on the back, but it does have two connectors with a lot of pins so it might be on a separate harness this time around. It’s also possible that this has been changed since the prototype was on display.

  18. Please be affordable. There’s no point in buying this rather than a new car with these systems if it costs more than a grand. Pioneer offers their similar headunit at $800 and it’s not even worth it. If you offer yours for $299, I and many others would grab it in a heartbeat.

  19. Very cool system. I’d like to know, would it work on a 2003 Honda Accord? Would it come with steering wheel controls, since the Accord doesn’t have any?

  20. is there a press contact for the rnb6. i’m writing an article for a radio trade publication and want to include the parrot. Someone I could ask a few questions? can’t seen to find a press contact on the web site. email spootiespoothead@aol.com

  21. Is the E39 on the map for getting this unit. I want to buy an android unit for my car but I don’t really like what’s available currently and it will be way worth the wait if you plan to support this vehicle.

  22. Is it going to be fully compatible with the 2013 Honda Accord Sport? There is no aftermarket head unit that can fully integrate with the 9th generation Accord at the moment, but if this unit allows to me keep all of my factory features like back up camera etc…and integrate with the 8 inch factory screen I will definitely be buying this in a heartbeat!

  23. Since this unit can control climate systems, would it work in the Ford cars with the My Ford Touch Infotainment system? I would love to replace MFT in my 2014 Fusion Hybrid.

  24. Hey!!! Im so excited for this!!! Do you know if my Chevy Spark 2013 with mylink screen will be able to be replaced with this?

  25. I’m VERY interested in how the climate control & OBD2 features will work with my 2012 Honda Accord EX-L because this is EVERYTHING I want in a replacement for the stock system! However, I’m afraid that I’ll find out those features are only compatible with newer or luxury cars. I just hope that I’m not waiting patiently on disappointment.

  26. Will this support 2015 Honda CRV EX’s rear-view and right-hand side passenger cameras? the rnb6 looks amazing, but don’t want to lose that functionality when I swap out the stock oem system with the rnb6.

  27. I called the other day to check on my replacement Smart unit and asked about the new RNB6. I was told it has been dropped and will not be released. I shared this info with people on the xda website and it sure pissed them off. It’s not the news anyone wanted to hear. So can you please confirm if the unit is going to be released or not.

    1. I truly hope that you were misinformed. I feel like the decision to cancel the project after winning the best of innovation award for CES would be a really dumb move.

      1. I called 2 days ago and the tech said they don’t share the info with them so he had no clue. But why has it been 2 mos with no update. Starting to worry a bit about this new deck. Hey Parrot how hard is it to come on and give a quick update.

    2. Seriously? I’ve been staring at a hole in my dash for 4 months (thanks thieves) waiting for this unit to roll out and now they back out? I saw the mockup at CES and was very impressed. I hope you’re wrong about this.

    3. Well, I guess that’s me done with Parrot. If they refuse to respond to customer enquiries then, as someone who works in a similar industry, they are not a company I want to deal with. If you have changed your mind on delivering a product, just say so. People generally understand. To me this smacks of a distinct lack of respect for their customers.

      1. I feel the same way Jim. I own the parrot smart and when it gave me problems it took 6 weeks for them to get me a working unit. That is another reason I’m done with Parrot

  28. How much does this device interface with a vehicles CAN bus system? OBDII gives diagnostic information. And I know the Patriot Drone has a CAN bus architect. With your embedded hardware platforms, the move to vehicles isn’t a large leap. Or I guess I am asking, if your vehicle supports it, can this device be used to firmware update your ECU, like on a Suburu?

    1. OBDII as you know can give quite a lot of information, but ultimately it all comes down to what is standardized. Climate control seems like one of those things. As for ECU flashing I’m pretty sure that’s a can of worms Parrot will not and should not open. Imagine the lawsuits after a failed flash and you’ll understand what I’m getting at.

  29. So; is Parrot still planning on releasing this unit this year? If so when? AND, is there a rough idea on how much this unit will be? (US Dollars recommended retail price?).
    Will the Digital Radio Radio be DAB+ (plus version) so it will be compatible in AUSTRALIA?

  30. Can you guys release this by May or get me a Beta unit for testing. I’m going on a month long road trip in May and need a new stereo. :)

  31. Looks great!
    Would be nice if you will release TPMS and parking sensors or top-view system consisting of 4 exterior cameras (as new cars start offering) that will work with the unit for cars which don’t have them factory installed. The dash cam would have been nicer if it was less noticeable while mounted in the car or at least if it could be replaced by other dash-cam of my choosing.

  32. Any more specific estimate of release date and/or pricing? I am about to change out my head unit and I would love to use a RNB6- but I do not want to wait 6+ months and find out it is $2,500. No idea of ETA or price = I will probably need to pick up a Joying head unit from Amazon or AliExpress… :(

  33. I see that Parrot supports a dash cam but does it support a backup camera ?, also does the front dash cam has any collision alert/avoidance capabilities ? Would love to buy one today but not sure about product availability.

  34. Please guys, the anticipation is killing me. I am using a very old stereo just so that I can buy this. Plz give a date. Much love from Sri Lanka.

  35. I really love the functions but the hardware design is really ugly. I’m not sure if I would purchase this because it is so ugly. I thank chrome trim could go a long way, or removing them ugly button of the left hand side. However, if the prices reflex the ugly look, you have a pass on the ugly design.

  36. Any word on if this can replace a car with MyFord Touch? The system is absolute crap and I’d love an alternative.

  37. Hi I am eagerly awaiting news from you guys on this product. Prices, availability, compatibility and more specific product information like a product sheet of some kind. But my most important question, will this stereo be compatible with steering wheel controls? If so, in which way are this supposed to be connected? I guess the OBD2 output can´t be used for this? I am thinking about replacing my Audi stereo with this.. But I think you can release some more info about the system now. It´s been a long time now since CES2015..

  38. Will an aftermarket rear view camera be compatible, or would I need a parrot rear-view camera? Will it come with the headunit? Also, is there a release date for the RNB6 yet?

  39. I Think I’m going to pass on this new deck just because your support sucks. You can’t even give people a update and I’m still waiting to get my smart working. You guys took almost 3 weeks to send a replacement that’s defective and now I have to wait for the next one to come in. I tried talking to the support people and they say that’s something to do with the warranty department but they won’t let me talk to anyone. So it’s been over 2 months now with no deck in my car. So if anyone buys the new deck keep in mind that the support sucks and they hardly ever update the apps for it.

      1. Well im on the 2nd replacement unit and still no working deck. Only thing wrong with this last one you sent was the security fob part that clips on the front shorts out. I made a ticket for that and you guys sent me the ISO wire. So now its another 2 weeks im sure. I have no clue what the ticket number is because its not on any of the emails that are sent back to me. Maybe you can use my email address rhconcepts11@gmail.com

      2. Still no email or fob part to get my deck working. And your tech support guys are jerks, they don’t even listen or seem to care about fixing my problem. This has to be the worst support on any product I have ever owned. I will have to buy a new head unit now so I have something for the upcoming car shows.

  40. I went ahead an bought a Pioneer unit that is Android Auto + CarPlay capable but I have had nothing but problems. Mirror link does not work and my phone does not support lollipop yet, so no Android Auto either. Stay away from Pioneer if you can.

  41. As a current happy user of the Asteroid Smart, I really hope Parrot tries hard to accomplish 2 important things with this RNB6 that they didn’t with the Asteroid. One, they need to put quality anti-reflection coatings on the glass so that glare doesn’t interfere so much with the display. Two, they need to ensure the LCD display (preferably a transflective LCD) has an output polarization that is aligned with the common orientation of polarized driving sunglasses so that wearing polarized sunglasses doesn’t kill the view of the screen (even most car manufacturers get this detail wrong, sadly).

    1. Oh, and if it can’t be transflective due to cost, at a minimum, make it optically bonded to eliminate the internal reflections (such reflections damage the ability to see the display in bright light).

  42. Guessing since they haven’t said anything yet, it must be a late in the year release, like a Holiday release in Nov. or Dec.

  43. Toujours pas de date de sortie ? Pioneer propose deja des autoradios compatibles Carplay et Android Auto (AVH-X8700bt à 699€ et d’autres modèles…). J’hésite vraiment à encore patienter sans avoir de news

  44. With Alpine and Pioneer units now on the market would there now be any chance of a release date & price for the RNB6? It still looks to be the superior unit but that’s no good if you can’t buy it.

  45. Like many, I’m intrigued by this 2-DIN stereo head. I have a 2004 Honda Accord with the unfortunate combined climate-control and stereo unit. If one part dies, I have to replace the entire thing. Fine. I’ll happily cut most of the proprietory hardware that died out of my dash if the RNB6 can pick up the slack of taking over. I’d rather do that than spend too much money repairing a factory defective product (again) out of my pocket. Between the incompetence of Alpine and the smug irresponsibility of Honda with this specific item I’m otherwise happy with my Accord.

  46. Is this thing coming out or what?? I think I might just buy the Pioneer I can’t believe you don’t have any updates! Your making the consumer forget about the product! Do you guys need any help with marketing?

  47. Please add guidelines for parking assist, Then it would be perfect.
    and please release RNB6. can’t wait to add RNB6 to my car.

      1. I found this from internet and i just used it as a example for parking assist guideline. I think this is factory fitted navigation system that available in Honda CRX. (I used this because this is much similar to what my car (Honda fit GP5) currently having and it is very useful when reversing)

    1. How would they add lines when every car is a different size. They do have a app that will add the lines but you have to get out and measure a few things

        1. I agree with Rick. It will be very difficult if not impossible for a aftermarket unit to have these.
          Different cars have different sizes, different turning radiuses,
          It would need to know the degree that you are turning the steering wheel. I don’t know that automakers provide this feedback to aftermarket head units.
          It also depends on whether or not the rear camera was installed properly and the exact location it was installed (it might be installed a bit off-centred).

          I wouldn’t count on this feature on any aftermarket vehicles

  48. If it doesn’t have 4g/lte capabilities built-in (i.e. optional SIM card with data plan capabilities) it’s useless to me. I’m tired of using my phone as a hot spot for data connectivity on my current Android head unit and I’d like a wholly stand-alone system. There is no mention of 4g/lte capabilities so I’m going to assume it won’t be there. (And no, I don’t have an Android phone).

  49. Hi, i get a new car (Citroen C5) in June an i want to buy the parrot system. When can i buy it in Germany?
    What is the price?

  50. When are you releasing? I’m about to buy a new car and it would be nice to know if this is even coming out let alone soon.

  51. anything new guys ? haven’t heard anything in the past 3 months ! ! ! should I wait or get something from ALPINE ? :-)

  52. HEY PARROT, is this unit coming out or not. Starting to hear more and more that its a dead project. Would like to know so I can start looking for a new deck because its been 3 months now with no working Asteroid Smart. Yes 3 months now and your suport guys still cant get me a working deck.

  53. Well im going to start look for a different deck because Parrot cant even tell us if its still coming out or not. Its a YES or a NO not that hard.

  54. I finally bought the x8700bt of Pioneer , I can tell you that it is useless to expect the Parrot model that will never leave , the Pioneer model works very well

  55. Will this be compatible with a Limited Edition model 2012 Nissan Sentra?
    Because I’d just like to know before I get my hopes up.

    1. I would have a look @ the EONON G2110ZV as it seems to be the only head unit out there taht is running Android @ a decent Version (4.4.4)
      This Is what I’m pretty sure I’m going to go for as I don’t like the Pioneer unit with “Android Auto” that requires the phone to do all the work (As I really want to run Waze and other Android Apps)

      It’s a shame I was hoping the RNB6 was going to arrive and do the job that it promised, I suppose I should have known better after the Pile of rubbish that Parrot supplied and I stupidly purchased and fitted to My car in the Form of the Parrot Asteroid Classic.

  56. I am trying to wait for the RNB6 to be released but the silence the community is getting from Parrot is unacceptable. This unnecessary silence shows just how awful Parrot’s customer service really is. Would you want to spend top dollar on a product such as the RNB6 only to receive zero support? I’m beginning to question whether or not they even value their customers, period. Parrot, give us SOMETHING!

  57. How about digital/optical out via toslink or coax? Or support for flac or wav files. That could be a HUGE niche for this unit as losless audio is becoming more prevalent and services such as Tidal losless radio is becoming very popular currently. Somebody will do it first and the rest will follow suit at some point. Hi fidelity for car audio… sounds amazing, just have to wait and hope i guess.

  58. Will it be fully compatible with Mercedes cls55, year 2005? Also when do you accept the release date to be?

  59. I just got this email back from parrot.Hello Chris,

    Thank you for contacting Parrot and your interest in the Asteroid range.

    There are no plans at this moment in time to release a new double din product to replace the Parrot Asteroid Smart, this was a project showcased at CES to demonstrate the technology we can implement (concept).

    Kind Regards

    Technical Support

    *****NOTE: Please leave the below code in your email reply to us.*****

  60. I emailed Parrot regarding this product and they replied with the below statement.

    “Dear customer,

    unfortunately we are not able to give some new informations until the end of this year.”

    I believe it’s time to look for another device. RNB6 would be revolutionizing the market, but it doesn’t seem to happen in foreseeable future. Can you recommend a replacement for it – either an Android device, or a good 2din audio with Android Auto / Apple Car Play?

  61. Yeah I think it is time to call this dead. Many great concepts/ideas happening here though, going past just the entertainment aspect of a head unit to safety / security / driver assistance and even cabin comfort controls. Great out-of-box thinking! Even though I really wanted this (checking on it today 5/9/2015 still…) I recognize that the ability of Parrot to deliver on all of it is likely suspect. If they ever do get something out the door, it will probably for the early-adopter crowd with some money to burn. A Parrot device of this complexity will in all likelihood be something you want to pick up in its second or third iteration.

    In the meantime, they showed their hand with a great concept build. With any luck one of their competitors already manufacturing CarPlay enabled devices will choose to pick up some of these ideas and add value / differentiation to their products and actually get them to market.

  62. I saw this in several CES writeups, but I’m wondering if it will have a CAN bus interface to connect directly to my 2015 Jeep Wrangler. Many cars are going to CAN bus and I could not discover how this stereo connects. I might put off my stereo upgrade this summer depending on what info comes out about this device in the next couple months.

  63. It has to support all of my wheel controls including the phone or it’s a deal breaker for me. Mirroring the apps from the phone is nice though. running weather radar to the screen would be a nice touch with the driving i do. Hopefully the sound quality is top notch..

  64. Since car manufacturers do NOT up grade their BlueTooth systems to accept the continued newer phones offered to consumers, I can see this as being a viable alternative to bypass auto makers who don’t care to code a generic code for all types of phones. Hope the price can be lowered so as to profit by sheer volume instead of per / item sold so we can continue to drive safe and hands free….

  65. I was really excited when I discover this unit while searching for an android auto aftermarket radio on google. But now that I read this thread, not so much… it’s eery to see how this guy https://disqus.com/by/disqus_8rr4fl9bb3/ is silent on this thread and does not respond to ANY of this community how is interested in such a product… at least just say if this project is still alive and still due in 2015…

  66. When the parrot asteroid smart was released I’d tried nearly every top end double din stereo on the market.
    I’d also owned them and spent a fortune buying saw aping until I got it right!!!!!!
    The parrot asteroid was fantastic compared to those, simple, everything I needed and with every update came more useful features

  67. I’ve sold my car with my parrot smart stereo in it, that stereo was fantastic and extremely usable (try keep fiddling and messing about with an app radio!!!!!!!!! This blows it away).
    I owned the parrot rk8 thing single din it kept falling apart, but revelutionary mech free device, every parrot stereo after has been an improvement.
    So now I have new van, no stereo, a loyalty to the parrot smart, the excitement at there new rnb6……….

    I need a stereo, I’ve looked at all other top brands but WANT the rnb6
    I’ve looked at all other top brands and still I know the asteroid smart is still better than the current batch but am holding of until the rnb6 is out.
    SO PLEASE PARROT, some indication on release.
    Not worried in price because it’ll be worth it and parrot are very fair (look at prices for there other products)
    They were also extremely helpful with phone support early days with the smart.

    When the parrot asteroid smart was released I’d tried nearly every top end double din stereo on the market.
    I’d also owned them and spent a fortune buying swapping until I got it right!!!!!!
    The parrot asteroid was fantastic compared to those in the competition , simple, everthing I needed and with every update came more useful features
    Come on parrot, help us to help you.

    1. Just wait for something new. The first parrot Asteroid took nearly a year from presentation to release.
      I am sure this will happen 😉
      I think we will get a release date around November/December

  68. So what’s the deal with this? I fell in love with the system at CES and have been waiting for it to come out ever since. Have emailed Parrot multiple times to ask about a release date, but have never had a response. Kenwood announced their dual platform system today http://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/excelon/ddx9902s/index.html just wondering whether it’s worth waiting. Does anyone have any further news or updates since CES?

  69. Just looked at the kenwood, it looks good, but I’ve used the parrot smart and love the fact everything’s on the stereo or can be installed on the stereo.

    Kenwood will be sort of limited in my opinion.
    This new parrot rnb has the capacity to be free and unrestricted.
    I’ve used cables, links, different stereos and media players.
    On paper it all looks simple for them, but there ends up being to much interaction, pressing buttons on screen, then on phones, then agreeing and fiddling.

    I don’t have that with the parrot after setting up how I like it.
    My only gripe with it is screen size!!!!!!!!!!!

    So this new one is bigger with better resolution.
    Everything else is a bonus, faster, more powerful, quicker and would imagine some really clever apps can be installed(directly on stereo)
    Stop messing about parrot, have some customer support decency and integrity and at least share some info.
    I’ve just paid for anothe parrot smart while waiting around for this!!!!!!

    1. That’s annoying. First, releasing this on CES and not letting a word out that this is just a concept and would never be actually released to the world. Second, keeping everything secret, not replying properly to emails with such inquiries and avoiding direct answers.

      1. Its not just a concept they are releasing it but not as aftermarket as they have plainly stated on several venues. Their words now “This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers.”

    2. Thanks for the info Nick.

      FFS Parrot, if you’re going to kill off the RNB6, how about at least bringing out a MKII Asteroid Smart with newer hardware capable of running KK or Lollipop.

  70. Parrot RNB6 (coming later in 2015)???????

    Parrot keeping quite and at no point just letting their customers (US) know it’s all just a folly!!!!!

    For not sharing info on a parrot blog site when directly asked shows a disrespect to us.
    A pointless waste of energy(for me)
    I’m left feeling aggrieved by the whole thing!!!!

    1. NEVER, read the top desctiption : [July 2015 update] RNB6 project was showcased at CES Las Vegas in January 2015 (watch video below). This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers.

  71. If I read this correctly we have been had by Parrot! They are now saying it will not be available for aftermarket, it seems by reading between the lines they have made a deal with car manufacturers. I see a potential class action here as they led us to believe it was going to be an aftermarket product and we have been waiting since 1/2015 for it.

  72. I strongly believe y’all have made a big mistake by pulling the plans to take it to the aftermarket community. Also, by treating this the way you have (showcase a product in January then stay completely quiet on all details for 7 months), I feel that you have lost potential consumers’ confidence in the company. As there are no plans to make it into the aftermarket community, I am saddened to have to give up on the wait to buy the RNB 6 and buy another head-unit that is out in the market…

    1. [July 2015 update] RNB6 project was showcased at CES Las Vegas in January 2015 (watch video below). This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers.

  73. Thank you parrot for the updated info.
    Very disappointed it won’t be made available to us guys.
    But great news it’s going to be put into production on cars.
    I’m glad it’s been seen as a real life sytem,

    the smart is a great product and so much tech and so user friendly, love it as well.

    Well done parrot, congratulations!

    Ps, Now please update our smarts, include quad core, 2-3 gb ram and hi def large 7-8″ screen.

  74. What a disappointment this was not released.. did your sales guys lie or did your engineers fail in execution? Most of the people on this thread were practically begging you to take their money.

    1. Never, they confirmed in this post.

      [July 2015 update] RNB6 project was showcased at CES Las Vegas in January 2015 (watch video below). This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers.www.parrotautomotive.com

  75. “As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers.”

    Such a bummer. Pioneer, here I come!

  76. Parrot what are you thinking

    “[July 2015 update] RNB6 project was showcased at CES Las Vegas in January 2015 (watch video below). This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers.”

    why not sell to both the manufactures and to the retail market? surely you can see the financial gain in both!

  77. All these hundreds of comments from people willing to buy this RNB6 right now and all along it was a concept that will never make it into aftermarket cars.

    Months of saying there was more info coming and where to register for interest only to be a sham.

    Cheap trick there Parrot.

  78. Seriously. This looks so much better than the other Android Auto options that are available or have been announced.

  79. How can you just decide to not allow the general public to purchase the RBN6? This has to be one of parrots biggest mistakes. The RBN6 would fly off the shelves. This looked like it would have been the best unit on the market. I have been waiting months for the release and so have loads of others. DISAPPOINTED!!!

  80. RIP Parrot engineer team , they created the top of the art car device , but the financial team says : no money for that !!! lets keep doing the asteroid shit devices !!! hahahaha

  81. “As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket
    channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car
    series and manufacturers.”

    WHAT?!? this is the worst car audio news I’ve heard in a long time. Parrot was finally doing something that needed doing badly. Now… you’re not doing it? This “deep integration” could easily be achieved with a programmable adapter like the iDatalink, or some in-house version with the same functionality. Everything you need is available via OBD2 and CANBUS. I understand the profitability of selling this to major auto manufacturers instead of just us plebeians, but what of all the thousands upon thousands of cars sold this year? We all have been salivating over the possibilities of a truly connected car, but waiting for auto makers to put it in a vehicle we like isn’t a viable solution. People want integrated android auto, people want a better interface, and people want the latest technology in their vehicles. People will buy the RNB6 if you make it available aftermarket. Even for lots and lots of money, if it’s as good as it looks. Alpine, Kenwood, and Pioneer are selling $1000+ head units like candy, and those pale in comparison to this one. abandoning the aftermarket is a terrible decision.

  82. [July 2015 update] RNB6 project was showcased at CES Las Vegas in January 2015 (watch video below). This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers. http://www.parrotautomotive.com

    Well that ended sadly, sheesh, oh well. Time to buy my Pioneer F U Parrot.

  83. Sad to see this won’t make it to market. I am, as were many many other people were planning on buying one these. #disappointed

  84. No aftermarket release??? Totally stupid marketing practice by Parrot. You don’t bring a functional model to CES, state that it can be put into your current car, then pull the plug 7 months later after no word, and probably thousands of people looking for a release date. I would’ve thrown money at you, now I have to look at Pioneer or some crappy 3rd party chinese rebrand. Thanks for nothin Parrot!

  85. Parrot, la seule firme qui nous propose un système d’infotainment automobile qu’on peut installer dans nos vieilles voitures pour profiter des nouvelles technologies dans nos classiques.

  86. Good way to get Android Auto or CarPlay into older cars, as well as non supporting manufacters, like Toyota/Scion/Lexus, discontinued GM brands, Mercury, and that’s about it.

  87. When this product will come out ,2015,2016,2017 ??? ,People are waiting and waitng there not much inforamtion about product launch in USA ,loosing faith in Parrot

    1. more info on the availability of the RNB6 will come later this year but when ??? later this year

      I think parrot over committed about RNB6 , I’m thinking this product will not launch this year or at all

    2. Why are you guys commenting here and not reading the article itself? Parrot will NEVER release this. It’s said on top of this page, with a bold text :)

      “[July 2015 update] RNB6 project was showcased at CES Las Vegas in January 2015 (watch video below). This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers.www.parrotautomotive.com”

  88. so how does it control your climate control? I have my own project im starting and would like to integrate climate control into a windows based device, but i have never seen an aftermarket device that can do this. Also is tire pressure handled by obd2?

  89. All Parrot would have to do is scale back their more ambitious plans for deeper vehicle integration and specific module control, and merely release the newer hardware package as an updated head unit. The newest product they have, the Smart Asteroid, is horribly outdated, impossible to update, and cumbersome to use. Take this RNB6 as it is, even simplified a bit, and you’d have them flying off the shelves. Please. Just make anything that we can tinker with!

  90. For as much as you spend on a thing you’re better off getting a Kenwood one but Kenwood doesn’t support half the stuff and if you know anything about a Raspberry Pi are hummingbirds you’re better off making one yourself or just use a laptop

  91. The jury shold take a look how you support your
    existing systems. The Asteroid Smart did not receive any update since
    more than 2 years, so its Android version is stone age and unsave. NEVER again a Parrot system!!!! Stay away!

  92. wow, most connected in-vehicle infotainment system really nice information, also many companies doing market research biz on different system like CMOS Camera Module, Automotive Smart Seating Systems and Automotive Display Systems.

  93. Ouais j’ai appris sa, mais il va falloir leur faire changer d’avis. Mais en même temps les constructeurs automobiles ne jouent pas le jeu, ils proposent leur système embarqué qui ne respecte aucune norme internationale et après Parrot ne peut pas vendre ses systèmes 2DIN donc ils ont dit on va balancer sa au constructeurs et sa a l’air de fonctionner, et peut-etre qu’une fois la norme remise en place ils proposeront un nouveau système. A suivre

  94. Quand un jour quelqu’un va lancer une bagnole “relativement” sans électronique, mais avec des slot normalisés, ou on pourra adapter nos propres systèmes qu’on à acheté chez tel ou tel constructeur, et qu’on pourra faire évoluer en fonctions des innovations qui sont beaucoup plus rapide dans le numérique que dans la mécanique.

    Un jour peut-être !! Si j’arrive à vendre ce concept à des investisseurs d’ici quelques années pitetre que le marché automobile “grand public” moins fermé verra le jour.

    Après tout on est jamais mieux servi que par soi-même 😉

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