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Parrot RNB 6 brings Android Auto and CarPlay to any ol' car

You won't need a new car just to get Android Auto or Apple's CarPlay. Parrot's RNB 6 head unit will add both to any car you like.

Parrot's RMB 6 adds both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to any car.
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LAS VEGAS -- The dashboard is getting smarter, and smartphones are playing a huge part of making it happen. At this point, most manufacturers have pledged support for either Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto, two systems that will bring the power of their mobile operating systems to the dashboard, but do it in a safe way that won't be too distracting.

But, if you have an older car, your options have been few. Pioneer's NEX line has added CarPlay, but now Parrot is getting in on the game too, adding support for both Apple's and Google's solutions to its upcoming RNB 6 head unit.

The RNB 6 is a double-DIN device with 55 watts per four channel output and niceties like a 7-inch HD display with capacitive touch and HDMI input for external video. There's also internal storage for audio or video, inputs for satellite radio and, yes, FM/AM support.

But, it's really support for both CarPlay and Android Auto that are the standout features, features that will probably result in this being a fairly expensive device when it ships sometime in the second half of 2015. How expensive? Parrot isn't saying, but given Pioneer's NEX units cost upwards of $800, that might give you an idea of what to expect.