Adding comfort to car interiors

Since its first model of car radio hit the market in 1950, Panasonic has been developing products indispensable for a comfortable drive: Car sound systems, A/V all-in-ones, and even navigation systems. Now, Panasonic has grown to become one of the world’s premier manufacturers of infotainment systems.

In recent years, car navigation systems have become more technologically advanced, not only guiding us to our destinations, but also playing content like music and video, and providing real-time access to information like traffic and event information by connecting to the internet (IT). Functions like these are continuing to become more diverse.

Infotainment systems that connect

Systems that provide information and entertainment for your car through IT technology and A/V systems are known as “infotainment systems.” They make use of data in many ways, like supporting the driver, improving safety, and providing information useful for your drive. Functions like these are starting to become must-haves for cars.

For example, when you use the Drive P@ss smartphone app to operate your smartphone through your car’s navigation system, you can enjoy all the music and video from your phone, as well as data from radio, video, and news sites via your phone’s internet connection. All this, while inside your car, with your navigation system as a monitor.

In addition, by using the voice-recognition function with your smartphone, you can run searches and use the results to easily set a destination in your navigation system, just by talking.

Next-generation cockpit system*

*With a larger screen and the addition of safety support functions, Panasonic has re-defined the leading style of navigation system, the cockpit system, into the next-generation cockpit system.

Panasonic has produced many in-vehicle components, such as car A/V systems, navigation systems, and ETC systems, and it has already come to be regarded globally as a manufacturer of high-quality in-vehicle products that focus on safety and practicality.

As IT technology has been integrated into in-vehicle components, the amount of information available to drivers has drastically increased. In order to correctly recognize and utilize that information, it is crucial to achieve even more thorough visibility, operability, and safety, as well as high-quality without compromise.

Photo: The heads-up display concentrates information on the windshield

Panasonic utilizes the HMI (human machine interface) technology that it researches for car equipment, in its research and development of the next generation of driver support technology. This technology allows it to fulfill strict safety standards in visibility, operability, and ergonomics.

For example, the HUD (heads-up display) concentrates information necessary for driving on the windshield, so that the driver never has to shift attention away from the road. Optical technology is utilized to display information at the appropriate size, color, and contrast.

Photo: Large-screen control panel

Electronic mirror systems make use of high-resolution rear-view cameras to provide reliable support when backing up, even in rainy or twilight conditions.

The increased size of the monitor allows for a fun-to-watch, comfortable-to-use control panel, bringing visibility and fun to the driving safety information display, which could otherwise feel inorganic.

At women’s request: The Onboard Nanoe Generator

As the number of busy working women has increased, so has the amount of time that they spend in the car commuting. The Onboard Nanoe Generator was born of the desire to use this time as personal time. Panasonic has brought Nanoe technology, familiar from Panasonic Beauty, to the car, and added an aromatherapy function to make your ride feel like a trip to the salon. Nanoe is effective at eliminating bacteria*1 and odors*2, leading to a clean and fresh car interior. On top of that, people are saying that they love the refreshing feeling of aromatherapy while they drive.

Photo: The Onboard Nanoe Generator

*1 Results after 20 min. test in 1㎥ closed space, not representative of actual use environment.
[Testing Facility] Kitasato Research Center for Environmental Science
[Testing method] Direct exposure in 1㎥ test container before counting bacteria
[Bacteria elimination method] Emission of Nanoe [Subject]Floating bacteria
[Test results] >99% suppression of bacteria in 20 minutes
[Kitasato Biogenetic] 20_0154_1: Test limited to one type of bacterium

*2  Results after 30 min. in 250 liters of closed space, not representative of actual use environment.
[Testing Facility]Panasonic Corporation Product Analysis Center
[Testing method]Evaluation on 6-level odor intensity scale inside 250 liter test container
[Deodorization method]Emission of Nanoe [Subject]Clinging odor of cigarette smoke
[Test results]Odor intensity reduced to 1.9 after 30 minutes. E02-090313MH-01

Panasonic will continue its contributions to making car interiors places to enjoy secure, fun rides for drivers and passengers alike.

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