6.2" Capacitive Touchscreen Display: The Parrot
Asteroid Smart features a 6.2" capacitive touchscreen widescreen (16:9) display.
The unit's touchscreen features interactive controls & icons making
menu navigation easy. You can adjust the touchscreen's brightness and switch
from Day or Night mode.
Detachable Control Panel: The Parrot Asteroid features a detachable
control-panel (power-button) to deter theft. No face case is included.
Start-Up Time: The Parrot Asteroid has a start-up time of
approximately 22.7 seconds from Off to the Main Menu screen, and another 14.4
seconds to the iGo Primo navigation map (for a total start-up time of 37.1
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within the harness) must
be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view
video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. Some advanced menu options
and apps are not available, unless parking brake is engaged. While your vehicle is in motion
(parking brake off), you can still control music sources, view song/artist information and album
artwork from music sources, control Bluetooth functions, and use the navigation
Note: All functions requiring increased attention
should only be used while your vehicle is stationary. Driver & passenger safety,
along with the safety of fellow drivers should take priority over phone calls,
music, & navigation instructions.
2-DIN Chassis: The Parrot Asteroid Smart has a 2-DIN chassis
(also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a
large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or
Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult
Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
iGo Primo Navigation: The Parrot Asteroid Smart
features built-in iGo Primo navigation software that provides turn-by-turn
visual and voice assistance to direct your destination. The built-in software
quickly calculates step-by-step directions to any destination available on the
included navigation map. The map database is stored on the included 8GB SD-card
and contains map coverage of the United States (all 50 states), Canada, and
Puerto Rico. *The included 8GB SD-card must remain installed during navigation.
If removed, navigation map will be lost.
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While
this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its
release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is
maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may
change over time.
GPS Receiver/Antenna: The Parrot Asteroid Smart includes an
external GPS receiver/antenna module which plugs into a USB port on back of the
head unit. The GPS receiver/antenna module works in conjunction with the unit's
built-in navigation and driver assistance apps. The GPS receiver/antenna module should be installed in a
unobstructed area along your vehicle's dashboard.
On-Screen Map: The unit's on-screen map shows your vehicle's
current position (a blue arrow by default), the recommended route (an magenta
line), the surrounding map area, and your destination as a checkered flag. The
on-screen map shows streets, roads, and highways in a way that is similar to how
a paper road map show them. A road's width and colors corresponds to their
importance, so you can easily tell a freeway from a small street. When
navigating a route, the top section of the map screen shows information about
your next route maneuver and the next street or the next city/town. When
approaching a turn, the map screen will zoom in and raise the view angle to let
you easily recognize your maneuver at the next junction. If the next turn is at
a distance, it will zoom out and lower the view angle to be flat so you can see
the road in front of you. The map also displays data; such as the posted speed
limit, your current speed, current time, distance to your destination, time left
before you reach your destination, and your arrival time.
- 2D/3D Map Mode: The Android Smart allows you to view
its on-screen map in a 2D (two-dimensional) or 3D (three-dimensional) view.
Similar to paper road maps, the 2D mode, shows you streets, roads, and
elevation by color. In 3D mode, you can see the altitude and elevations
differences. You can distinguish between valleys, mountains, and elevated
roads. In selected cities 3D landmarks and 3D buildings are also displayed.
- Color Mode: The navigation map screen uses different
color themes (Day/Night) during the day and during the night for both the
map and the menu screen. Daytime colors are similar to paper road maps, and
the menus are bright. The nigh color themes use dark colors for large
objects to keep the average brightness of the screen low. You can also set
the navigation unit to switch between daytime and night color modes
automatically based on the current time and GPS position.
Lane Information & Signposts: The Parrot Asteroid Smart's
navigation map offers helpful lane information & signpost guidance.
- Lane Information: When navigation on multilane roads,
it is important to take the appropriate lane in order to follow the
recommended route. If lane information is available in the map data, the map
screen will display the lanes and their directions using small arrows at the
bottom of the map. High lighted arrows represent the lanes you need to take.
- Signposts: Where additional information is available,
signposts substitute arrows. Signposts are displayed at the top of the map.
The color and style of the signposts are similar to the real ones you can
see above the road or by the roadside, They show the available destinations
and the number of the road the lane leads to.
- Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find
gas, food, lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed
under the following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must
be on a major highway or road to use this feature.
- Junction View: If you are approaching a freeway exit or
a complex intersection and the needed information exists, the map is
replaced with a 3D view of the junction. The lanes you need to take are
displayed with arrows. Signposts can also be present, if information is
- Tunnel View: When entering a tunnel, the map is
replaced with a generic tunnel image so that surface roads and buildings
cannot distract you.
Audible Alerts: The Parrot Asteroid Smart offers various
audible alerts and functions to help you get to your destination safely.
- Voice Guidance (Text-to-Speech): In addition to graphic
directions, the Asteroid Smart provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn
directions. You can select from English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese,
and Chinese audible languages. The volume of the voice prompts can be
increased with increases in speed to overcome road noise. Voice guidance can
be turned off if you prefer.
- Safety Alert: This function can warn you when you
approach road safety cameras, school zones, or railroad crossings (if
available). You can also add your own alert points. Beeps or the spoken type
of alert will be heard when you are approaching of these points.
- Speed Limit Warning: Some maps may contain information
about the speed limits of certain road segments. The Asteroid Smart provides
an audible warning if you exceed the recommended speed limit.
Where Am I?: This screen contains information about the
current position (or approximately the last known position if GPS reception is
Destination Search: The Destination Search Menu gives you
many different ways to choose your destination or insert a waypoint in your
current route. An on-screen keyboard appears to allow you to enter your
destination from one of the following categories:
for a destination by scrolling the map display.
address, or Search for a city (central location), or Search for the
intersection of two roads.
points-of-interest (POIs) by name or category near last know
position, along route, around destination, or specific city.
||Store your favorite
locations for easy recall.
||Destinations that you
have set previously
||You can add intermediate
destinations along your main route.
Route Calculation: The Parrot Asteroid Smart calculates your
route based on your Vehicle Type, Route Method, and Avoidances.
- Vehicle Type: You select what type of vehicle you are
driving, so the navigation unit can determine the best route based on your
vehicle type (Car, Truck, Emergency, Bus, or Taxi).
- Route Method: You can choose which route method
(Fastest, Shortest, Green, Economical, or Easy) the navigation unit should
use when calculating your route.
- Fastest: give a quick route, if you can travel at
or near the speed limit on all roads. Usually the best section for fast
and normal cars
- Shortest: gives a route that has the smallest total
distance of all possible routes. It can be practical for slow vehicles
- Green: gives a quick, but full efficient route
based on the fuel consumption data you provide
- Easy: results in a route with fewer turns and no
- Avoidances: You can tell the navigation unit to avoid
certain types of roads along your calculated route, such as - Highways,
Tolls, Carpool/HOV, Unpaved Roads, and/or Ferries.
Automatic Route Recalculation: The unit will automatically
recalculate your route if you stray from the navigation unit's previously
Itinerary: You can view turn-by-turn instructions for your
entire route and the distance between turns.
Route Simulation: You can preview all the route information
and simulate travel along a projected route.
Android OS: The Parrot Asteroid Smart features an embedded
Android 2.3.7 operating system which allows the use of downloadable Internet
applications & navigation services from the
Asteroid Market, thanks to its 3G, WiFi, and GPS
Note: Use of the Parrot Asteroid Smart's Internet apps requires
the use of a 3G Network USB dongle (sold separately), Bluetooth-enabled smartphone which is 3G
compatible, or a nearby WiFi hotspot.
Internet 3G & WiFi Compatible: The Parrot Asteroid Smart
can connect to the Internet using either a 3G Network USB dongle (sold
separately) or using a compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone's 3G data sharing
network connection. When your vehicle is stopped, the unit can also connect to the Internet via its built-in WiFi when in close
proximity to a WiFi hotspot.
- 3G Internet/USB dongle: Click
for 3G Stick Compatibility. To guarantee optimal reception, Parrot
recommends you do not connect your 3G Internet USB dongle on the Parrot
Asteroid Smart directly; use the USB cable to install your device on the
dashboard (or any other open area).
- Bluetooth-Enabled 3G Smartphone: Click
for compatible Bluetooth enabled 3G smartphones.
- Built-in WiFi: Built-in WiFi for connection to available WiFi
hotspots around your area (vehicle must be stopped).
Note: Connecting the Parrot Asteroid Smart to the
Internet using an 3G Network USB dongle requires an appropriate subscription
with your provider for more information. Make sure you check regularly your
allowance and usage.
Internet Apps from the Asteroid Market: Several types of
Internet Apps (music, geo-location, driver assistance, weather, etc) from the
Asteroid Market can be downloaded onto the Parrot Asteroid Smart, using an
SD-card. First you will need to create an Asteroid Market account and register
your device from your computer. Once you have registered the Asteroid Smart, you
can then download applications from the Asteroid Market onto an SD-card inserted
into your computer. Once you have finished downloading the apps you want, insert
the SD-card into the Asteroid Smart receiver to upload the new applications.
Note: The Parrot Asteroid is a
multitasking device, so several applications can run simultaneously. To ensure that you do not continue to use 3G data,
make sure to close applications. The use of some applications may require a
fee or need a subscription. All applications may not be available in all
Travel Apps: The Parrot Asteroid Smart offers several travel
type applications to help you along your drive.
- Maps (free): The Maps application provides you with advanced
mapping & geo-location functions, free of charge. Your position is displayed
on the head unit's 6.2" touchscreen, which can be zoomed in/out. You can
select from various Point-of Interest types (hotels, cinemas, restaurants
etc.). The unit will then display points-of-interest (from the selected
category) near your current position on the map. You can also enter a
point-of-interest manually, by using the unit's touchscreen display. Once
you have chosen a specific point-of-interest, you can either call that point
of interest from your connected Bluetooth enabled cell phone or have the
Asteroid Smart display directions to the point-of-interest from your current
position on the unit's 6.2" touchscreen (no audible directions). The
application also shows photos and Wikipedia articles of sights in the
- Roadtrip (free): The free Roadtrip application is a really
effective tourist guide, combing information from Wikipedia and Google Maps.
It helps you discover nearby points of interest (POI) with the help of
detailed information and photos. Launching the Roadtrip application will
display a list of nearby POIs. A toolbar shows the POI nearest to where you
are as well as your distance from it. The Alert Mode even informs you
automatically of any nearby POIs even when the Roadtrip app is not currently
being used. Once you have selected the POI, all the information about it is
displayed. You can then:
- View information from Wikipedia about the POI
- View photos of the POI (if any are available).
- View the route to this POI (only available with Maps app running in
- Call the POI (if a Bluetooth enabled phone is connected)
- See what the weather is at the POI (only available with Weather app
running in background)
- Wikango HD US (free download + subscription): The Wikango HD
application legally notifies you of the presence of mobile speed cameras, as
well as of road traffic incidents and disruptions. Its operating principle
is community-based; you are notified of the presence of speed cameras after
another Wikango community member (Smartdriver) sees one and then reports it.
6 months of Wikango service is included free of charge.
Additional 12 months service is $24.99.
- Glympse (free): Glympse is the easiest way to safely share your
location with someone in real time. No sign-up needed and no new social network
to manage. Recipients receive a link allowing them to view your ETA and location
in real-time for the length of time you choose. When the timer on your Glympse
expires, your location is no longer visible. Best of all, recipients do not need
any special software to view a Glympse. Send a Glympse via SMS, email, Facebook,
or Twitter and recipients can view it using any web-enabled device.
Parking Apps: The Parrot Asteroid Smart offers parking apps to make
parking easier when you travel.
- Best Parking (free): BestParking is a free parking search engine that
steers drivers toward the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots
in 55 cities and 80 airports throughout North America.
- Parkopedia ($1.99): The name Parkopedia is a combination of the words
parking and encyclopedia. Born out of a frustration of looking for parking, this
application maps out and lists every parking space in the world. To date,
Parkopedia has grown to cover over 18 million parking spaces in 25 countries
around the world thanks to contributions from other drivers. Use this app to (1)
find parking using your current location or by entering and address (2) get
directions straight to the space or an entrance (3) see parking space
availability in real-time (4) find opening hours, up to date prices, payment
methods and more (5) quickly narrow down parking choices using filters such as
street parking only, free, credit cards accepted, covered, etc..
Weather App (free): The free Weather application tells you about
weather conditions and gives the weather forecast for several days around your
location or in a town of your choice. The Weather app provides the weather
forecast for more than 2 million towns and cities across the world. If you
have defined Favorite locations, the weather at these places is also displayed.
The weather conditions are announced verbally and are presented simply using 26
Internet Radio: The Parrot Asteroid Smat provides access to
TuneIn and Spotify online music services.
- TuneIn Radio App (free): TuneIn is a free Internet Radio music
application. The TuneIn application lets you listen to local and international
Internet radio free of charge. You can access more than 70,000 on-line radio
stations and podcasts from around the world. You can choose the type of radio
station or podcast you want to listen to and then select your specific radio
station/podcast. You can also manually search for a radio station or a podcast,
using the units touchscreen display. In addition, you can create a Favorites
Station List. You can even view Radio Name, Radio Logo, & Song/Artist
Information on the head unit's display.
- Spotify (free download + $9.99 monthly subscription):
Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of
the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and
counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share
music with your friends.
Web Browser: The Asteroid Smart's Browser App can be used to browse
internet web pages. Simply type in a URL address or keyword search to bring your
the web page. You can use slide your finder along the screen to browse different
areas of the web page. You can also zoom in and out on a web page. You can open
up to eight browser windows. You can even bookmark your favorite web pages.
Email: You can configure your email account with the Parrot Asteroid
Smart, so you can check your email on the unit's touchscreen display.
Pre-Installed Tools: The Asteroid Smart contains a built-in
and Diary app.
- Clock: Displays time (hr/min) and date (day/month/date) and
offers multiple alarm functions.
- Calculator: Use the calculator keys
displayed on the screen to carry out basic mathematical operations.
- Diary: Use the Diary application to
create and manage events, meetings and appointments.
Bluetooth Technology: The Parrot Asteroid Smart features built-in
Bluetooth (ver. 3.0) for advanced hands-free communication & wireless audio
streaming. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also
be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is
compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile),
HSP 1.0 (Handset Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone
Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: The Parrot Asteroid is 100% Bluetooth compatible
with virtually every Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, smartphone, PDA, & tablet
(including Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry). You can visit
Support Site to confirm that your cell phone is compatible.
Pairing: You can pair up to 10 devices with the Parrot
Asteroid Smart. The Parrot Asteroid allows you to use the telephone & audio
streaming functions from two different phones without having to disconnect one
Hands-Free Communication: The Parrot Asteroid Smart supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
controls of the Asteroid Smart can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming
call, or end a call. You can listen to phone calls through your car's front
speakers & talk through the included external microphone. The Parrot Asteroid
Smart can retrieve phonebook contacts, and call history from your Bluetooth
enabled mobile phone.
- Receiving A Call: An incoming call is indicated by a
ringtone (9 ringtones to choose from). The name of the caller is announced,
if the number is recorded in the phonebook of the phone connected to the
Parrot Asteroid Smart. When a call comes in, the Asteroid Smart
automatically mutes your car stereo and the caller's voice comes through
your vehicle's front speakers. All the call information from the phone is
displayed on the unit's 6.2" touchscreen display.
- Dialing A Number: Using Parrot Asteroid, you can dial a
phone number in one of the following ways:
- Direct Dial: The Parrot Asteroid Smart allows you
to directly dial a phone number from the unit's touchscreen keypad.
- Phonebook Access: The Asteroid Smart allows you to
upload your phonebook from your Bluetooth enabled phone, so calls can be
launched simply by browsing your phonebook. Each time you add a contact
name, the Asteroid Smart automatically synchronizes your cell phonebook.
The Asteroid Smart can support up to 50,000 total contacts (5,000 per
paired phone). *Only the contacts stored in the
phone memory are synchronized. If your contacts are stored in your SIM
card memory, transfer them onto your phone memory.
- Favorites: The Asteroid Smart allows you to
designate contacts from your Phonebook as favorites for quicker access.
- Call History: The Call History is a list of calls
that have originated from and were received by your phone that you can
dial from the head unit. You can select Dialed, Received, or Missed
- Voice Recognition: You can make a call using voice recognition.
Simply say the contact's name and type of number (home, cell, work,
etc.). The call is then automatically launched if the voice command is
Note: To follow on your conversation in private, you can switch
instantaneously the communication between the Asteroid Smart and your
Bluetooth mobile phone. A call is automatically transferred to your phone,
when the touchscreen display is removed or after 30 minutes of communication
with the ignition turned off.
Call Waiting & Caller ID: During a call, you can receive
another call if your phone supports this functionality. If your Bluetooth
enabled cell-phone supports Caller I.D., the caller's name (if in phonebook)
will be announced to you over your vehicle's speakers. The Asteroid Smart's
touchscreen monitor will also display the name (if in phonebook).
Double External Microphone: The Parrot Asteroid Smart
features an external double microphone with noise reduction (NR 3.0), echo
cancellation (AEC), and full duplex operation which provides crystal clear calls
at normal conversation level. The microphone features an integrated adjustable
mounting bracket with an adhesive backing. The integrated bracket also features
a mounting hole to attach the microphone with an optional self-tapping screw. In
addition, the microphone comes supplied with a visor clip to mount to your
vehicle's sun-visor. The ideal location for the microphone is near the rear-view
mirror. The microphone needs to be pointed towards the user.
Note: You can mute the head unit's microphone so you can
still hear the caller, but the caller cannot hear you.
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Parrot Asteroid Smart also
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth
enabled audio player or smartphone. The Asteroid Smart will be able to control
basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as
Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head
unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name
and Song/Album title. The Asteroid Smart also supports audio streaming of music
apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control.
Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. All music files will played back through your
car's speakers (front & back).
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from
your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you
can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will
USB Memory/SD-Card Compatible: The Parrot Asteroid Smart
supports playback of USB mass storage class devices and SD/SDHC memory cards.
- 4 USB Ports: The Parrot Asteroid Smart is equipped with
4 USB (type-A) ports. One USB port is labeled "iPod" and designed for
iPod/iPhone use only. The other 3 USB (type-A) ports can be used to connect
the included GPS receiver/antenna for navigation, a 3G Network USB dongle
for access to Internet apps, and a USB memory device for music playback. The
Asteroid is compatible with the majority of 3G Network USB dongles, Android
smartphones, portable digital audio players, USB thumbdrives, and external
hard drives.. Use the included 5' USB extension cable to make
connecting & disconnecting your USB device or Internet (3G) USB dongle
- SD-Card Slot: The Parrot Asteroid Smart is also equipped
with an SD-card slot located behind the detachable touchscreen display. The
SD-card slot supports playback of music files stored on SD or SDHC memory cards
(up to 32GB). mini SD/SDHC & micro SD/SDHC memory cards are
compatible with adapter (sold separately).
Note: The navigation map SD-card also uses this same SD-card slot.
You will have to remove the map card to insert an SD-card with
audio/video/photo files. The navigation map will be non-functional.
Compatible Audio/Video/Photo Formats: The Parrot Asteroid
Smart supports playback MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and OGG music files loaded onto a
compatible USB mass storage class device or SD/SDHC memory card (formatted in
FAT32). The Asteroid Smart also supports playback of MP2, MP4, H263, H264, WMV,
and SPARK video files stored on a SD/SDHC memory card. In addition, JPEG
still-image files can be viewed on-screen from both a compatible USB device or
SD/SDHC memory card.
Apple Device Direct Connection: The Parrot Asteroid Smart's
rear-panel USB port (labeled "iPod") can be used to connect your
iPod/iPhone/iPad to the head unit, via the included iPod cable or the connector
cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen),
iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with
your Apple device to connect to the head unit. The Asteroid supports audio playback
of stored music from your iPod/iPhone device and music apps from your compatible
Note: Several minutes of loading may be necessary when
connecting your audio device (USB/SD/iPod) to the Parrot Asteroid Smart for the
first time, particularly if you are using audio peripheral with a large
capacity or containing many audio files. This loading time will allow your
audio files to be accessible via voice recognition.
Music Control: You can browse your USB device, SD/SDHC-Card,
and iPod/iPhone music files by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Playlist. Once you
have selected a category, the music content is listed alphabetically.
Voice Recognition: The Voice Recognition function allows you
to select the artist/album you want to hear via voice recognition. You can
simply access your music by pronouncing the name of the artist/album stored in
your music library and the music will be launched automatically. This function
is only available if you are using the Parrot Asteroid Smart with a USB, SD, or iPod/iPhone
Information Display: The Asteroid Smart will display your
iPod/iPhone's stored music and music app song/artist information. The unit will
also display ID3-tags and WMA-tags from USB mass storage class devices and
SD/SDHC memory cards.
Charging: USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will
be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's
ignition switch is set to ACC or On. The unit also charges your connected
iPod/iPhone device (but not the iPad). If your device has no initial battery
charge, then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Parrot Asteroid is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone/iPad
model functions (as of 2/27/2013):