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Paris-based Parrot provides automakers with a range of connectivity solutions (Photo: Parrot)

Parrot is joining the GENIVI alliance as the global industry association steps up its efforts to establish an open-source development platform for in-vehicle infotainment.

Parrot, a provider of multimedia solutions for the car industry, will, in particular, contribute to the alliance with its expertise in Bluetooth, wireless LAN technology, mobile telephony and mobile access in general.

The company said in a press release that it hopes to help reduce development times and cut costs of future open automotive infotainment systems.

GENIVI groups companies including automakers BMW, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Jaguar Land Rover, General Motors, Hyundai Motor Group, Renault, Nissan, Honda and Mahindra.

Paris-based Parrot counts a broad range of carmakers among its customers. It announced in June that Aston Martin is integrating its technology in the British premium race car maker's One-77 supercar.

The Aston Martin system provides hands-free telephony, the ability to listen to music from mobile devices on the in-car audio system and built-in USB connectivity ports for music devices.

In April Parrot announced its connectivity solutions would also be part of Audi's upcoming “MIB High” platform. Features will include 3G+ internet access and Wi-Fi local connectivity within the car.