Panasonic inked a partnership with Cubic Telecom, an Ireland-based telematic software provider, as both companies position their portfolios for a future of connected cars.
The collaboration, detailed Tuesday, will give Panasonic’s mobile computing division access to Cubic’s data-enabled embedded infotainment software. A system with a cellular connection gives carmakers the ability to upgrade the software over-the-air and allows the car to transmit information to other cars and, eventually, infrastructure.
“Since the early days of mobile connectivity, Panasonic has committed to ensuring that its customers have access to the wireless solutions that work best for them in the most demanding and extreme locations,” Victoria Obenshain, vice president of wireless strategy at Panasonic, said in statement. “This new agreement with Cubic Telecom ensures that we remain ahead of the curve in an increasingly connected world.”
The partnership is another sign that Panasonic is looking to bolster its infotainment capabilities. In January, the supplier showed an infotainment concept developed with Google and Qualcomm.
Cubic Telecom CEO Barry Napier said in a statement that his company would be working “across a wide range of Panasonic products and devices.” Napier was named one of 60 leaders in the self-driving car space by Automotive News.
Last year, Cubic’s product was recognized for its cloud technology. In 2014, the company partnered with Audi to build the Audi Connect infotainment system.