AT&T Inc. and Panasonic Automotive Systems Co. of America have established a working agreement to research and test in-car connectivity technologies. The agreement will allow the companies to create custom products for global automotive manufacturers in North America.
“Automakers that successfully make vehicles that deliver smart, personalized services to drivers on demand have a tremendous opportunity to stand out from the competition,” said Steve Deguchi, president of Panasonic Automotive Systems, in a statement. “The most appealing vehicles will be those that serve as yet another node in a driver's existing network of devices.”
The joint venture will explore interfaces between in-car infotainment systems and up-and-coming mobile devices.
Under the agreement, Panasonic Automotive Systems will supply the hardware and perform integration services, and AT&T will provide network services.
Initial testing is expected to begin toward the end of this year in Peachtree City, Ga., where Panasonic is headquartered.
Financial details surrounding the agreement were not disclosed.