updated 06:50 am EDT, Fri March 30, 2012
Clarion Mirage head unit is powered by Android
Clarion has taken the wraps of a new 'smart' car stereo head unit powered by Android 2.2. The Mirage is currently targeted at OEMs looking to integrate it into their vehicle ranges and is not available to the general public. In addition to including typical car-based apps including GPS and map functions, users will also be able to enjoy apps like Angry Birds and Facebook from their 6.5-inch capacitive touch center console.
From a safety perspective, the Mirage head unit is said to have gone through all of the necessary testing and certification by the relevant authorities and has been deemed fit for OEM installation. Although not specified, question marks remain about whether the system will override the ability to playback videos, games and other apps that require a high degree of driver attention.
Also notable, is that the Mirage head unit does not include a CD player. Users of Android, iOS and WP7 smartphones can connect their devices over USB or Bluetooth. The unit will also accept files stored on SD cards, while a radio is also built-in. [via Android Police]