Panasonic Automotive Systems Company Of America's Next Generation In-Vehicle Infotainment Platform Brings Advanced Capabilities And Unprecedented Upgradability<6752.T>

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DETROIT,  Jan. 22, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic Automotive Systems  Company
of America, an industry-leading supplier of mobile audio and in-vehicle
electrical systems, announced an upgrade of its in-car connected infotainment
platform. The latest upgrade includes an HTML5 web browser.  

As announced at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in  Las Vegas, the
latest version of Panasonic's platform is being used by Chevrolet to deploy a
flexible application framework on select 2014 Chevrolet models with the MyLink
infotainment system. The new framework will allow drivers to add apps and
features to their vehicle after the initial purchase, allowing vehicle
infotainment systems to improve over time.  The framework includes an app
catalog that will allow vehicle owners to choose from a menu of available
applications specifically designed for the in-vehicle experience.

"Customers now expect their vehicle to be an integral part of their fully
connected lifestyle. Panasonic's automotive platform brings our expertise in
fully connected home solutions to the vehicle, enabling our customers to deploy
compelling connected features to automotive consumers," said  Tom Gebhardt,
President of Panasonic Automotive Systems of America. "The HTML5 web browser
we've added to the platform is a key enabler for connected features such as the
Flexible Application Framework Chevrolet is launching on MyLink."  

Chevrolet's MyLink features a high-resolution, full-color touch screen display
that seamlessly integrates online services such as Pandora internet radio and
Stitcher SmartRadio via Bluetooth-enabled phones.

MyLink also enables speech recognition to initiate actions such as making phone
calls, selecting a radio station or playing music from a personal device. 

"GM customers will soon be able to personalize and update the apps in their
vehicles," said GM Chief Infotainment Officer  Phil Abram, "compared to today,
when you purchase a vehicle and the infotainment features are fixed and remain
the same throughout the ownership experience."  

Panasonic's long history of advanced technology development, local engineering
resources, supplier partnerships, worldwide production and global sourcing has
allowed the company to leverage its global experience and capability to deliver
an automotive platform that enablers their customers to deploy features and
capabilities that are key market differentiators in today's extremely
competitive automotive market.  

About Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
Based in  Peachtree City, Ga., with  Detroit-area operations located in 
Farmington Hills, Mich., Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America is a
division company of  Secaucus, New Jersey-based Panasonic Corporation of  North
America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.
(NYSE: PC) of  Osaka, Japan, one of the world's leading developers and producers
of innovative digital and other electronic products for consumer, business and
industrial use. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America also acts as the
North American operating company of Panasonic's Automotive Systems Company of 
Japan, which coordinates global automotive industry systems and components
operations. For more information on Panasonic Automotive, please visit: 
www.panasonic.com/business/automotive.

SOURCE  Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America


David Stoyka, Marx Layne & Co., +1-248-855-6777, dstoyka@marxlayne.com; or Dan
Unger, Panasonic, +1-201-392-4571, dan.unger@us.panasonic.com

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