Parrot Automotive

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Parrot Faurecia Automotive
TypeSociété par actions simplifiée
IndustryElectronics and software
Founded1994 (as Parrot)

2015 (as Parrot Automotive)

2017 (as Parrot Faurecia Automotive)
Key people
Jean-Luc Tété (CEO)
Productsaudio, electronics, and in-car entertainment systems for automotive OEMs

Parrot Faurecia Automotive SAS is a French tech company that designs, develops and markets infotainment products for passenger vehicles and commercial trucks.

History and products[edit]

The Paris-based tech firm designs its own software, hardware and processors. It is an early adopter of Bluetooth technology and is an associate member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.[1] Parrot originally stepped into the automotive business in the 2000s, with aftermarket Bluetooth hands free car kits[2] and car radios.[3] In 2011, at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, the company introduced the first Android-based car radio.[4][5]

In the following years, Parrot’s automotive business unit transitioned from aftermarket products for consumers to infotainment platforms and connectivity modules sold directly to car makers or to Tier-1 suppliers. Parrot’s technology revolve around connectivity, analog and digital radio, voice processing and recognition. Parrot’s head units provide entertainment features for the front and the rear of the vehicle, are mostly Android-based, and support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.[6] The Simple Box, introduced at CES 2016,[7] enables the vehicle occupants to use their own tablets or smartphones as the main interface with their vehicles.

In 2014, Parrot joined the Open Automotive Alliance,[8] an alliance of auto makers and tech companies fostering the use of Android in the automotive industry. In 2015, Parrot Automotive branched off from Parrot SA to become a fully owned subsidiary. In 2016, Parrot launches Octopus 3+, a TV and radio tuner processor.[9]

In March 2017, Faurecia starts the acquisition project for Parrot Automotive.[10] The company is renamed Parrot Faurecia Automotive. On October 1st 2018, Faurecia completes the acquisition of 100% of Parrot Faurecia Automotive[11]

Parrot Automotive’s customers include car makers such as McLaren,[12] Volvo Cars,[13] and Honda.


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  9. ^ Globe Newswire (2016-05-10). "Parrot unveils its latest SDR chip "O3+"…". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  10. ^ Faurecia Website (2017-03-27). "Faurecia finalizes its partnership with Parrot Automotive …". Faurecia. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  11. ^ Faurecia Website (2018-10-01). "Faurecia completes purchase of Parrot Faurecia Automotive". Faurecia. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  12. ^ Lavrinc, Damon (2013-09-03). "The McLaren Supercar Gets a Slick Android Infotainment System". Wired. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  13. ^ Goodwin, Antuan (2013-03-08). "Parrot's Asteroid app platform lands in Volvo dashboards - Roadshow". Roadshow. Retrieved 2016-07-11.