Panasonic inked a partnership with Cubic Telecom, an Ireland-based connected technologies provider, as both companies position their portfolios for an increasingly networked future.
The collaboration, detailed Tuesday, will give Panasonic’s mobile computing division access to Cubic’s data-enabled embedded software. The technology could apply to a broad range of devices, but in cars a system with a cellular connection allows over-the-air software upgrades and the ability to transmit information to other vehicles 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.”
While its unclear what the implications are for Panasonic's automotive customers, Cubic Telecom has a history in connected car technology. Last year, Cubic’s product was recognized for its cloud technology. In 2014, the company partnered with Audi AG to build the Audi Connect infotainment system.
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.