Over the last few years, there have been several in-car infotainment systems that have hit the market running the Android operating system. CA-Fi offered a system in the fall of 2011 called the Ca-Fi 620800 Universal. The system had a few caveats, namely it used a resistive touchscreen that required hard presses or stylus to operate.
CA-Fi is now back with a follow-up to last year’s Android in-car system with a new product called the CA-Fi 621000. This new product has upgraded hardware specifications and an upgraded touchscreen. The screen is now a capacitive touchscreen using tech similar to that found in smartphones and tablets on the market. The new device also runs Android 2.3, rather than Android 2.2 the previous version ran. The new 621000 also gets a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM.
The upgraded device also supports a new user interface and has OBD2 connectivity. The infotainment system can connect to the car’s OBD2 port, which is available most cars made after the year 2000. Those ports are used to connect to the car to read engine codes and gather more information from the vehicle. The 621000 ships with a pre-installed copy of the Android app Torque for reading OBD2 data. The 621000 Universal is a double Din unit that also features DVD/CD support, GPS, hands-free calling, music streaming capability, Internet connectivity, support for rearview camera, steering wheel controls, and more. It will go up for pre-order at the end of July with shipments beginning in late August for $999.