Photo courtesy of Magellan.

Photo courtesy of Magellan. 

Magellan introduced the newest addition to its line of connected car solutions, Smartphone Box, at the TU-Automotive Detroit trade show, according to the company. The Smartphone Box offers computing power and memory storage to low-power head units.

The Magellan Smartphone Box provides standard navigational information such as turn-by-turn guidance, traffic information, and the latest points of interest (POI). And it allows the sharing of music and videos from the smartphone.

The head unit of the Smartphone Box can be used to play music from an SD card or USB connection, and it supports various connection platforms between a smartphone and a vehicle’s infotainment system.

The device supports iOS and Android smartphones and connection platforms such as MySpin, WebLink and MirrorLink. Smartphone Box also allows smartphone Bluetooth connectivity for “brought-in” content and apps.

The device also runs smartphone apps via various links, and delivers live location-based information and social content through Magellan’s SmartGPS Eco cloud platform. It can be hidden by installing it in the glove box and is easily detached to prevent theft.

The Magellan Smartphone Box is now available to automotive OEMs directly from Magellan. Contact a Magellan sales representative for pricing options.