RealVNC delivers MirrorLink™ capabilities to Automotive Systems Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation

Panasonic and RealVNC join forces to bring smartphone to vehicle connectivity to market

19th February 2013: Automotive Systems Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation selects RealVNC to deliver the next generation of in-car entertainment and driving experience. RealVNC's VNC® Automotive technology has been integrated in Panasonic's Display-Audio infotainment system to enable the screen of a smartphone to be replicated and controlled from the touchscreen display on the vehicle head unit. This provides drivers and passengers with seamless access to a wide range of smartphone content such as maps, music and internet radio.

As a leader in mobile to vehicle integration and cloud connectivity, and a core member of the international Car Connectivity Consortium, RealVNC provides Panasonic with advanced features and functionality that supports the Consortium's MirrorLink™ industry standard. Panasonic's Display-Audio system, has already been adopted by a major automotive manufacturer, is in production and is currently available to drivers as a dealer option.

“The smartphone is the content hub of this generation and users want access to their content and applications wherever they are, including in vehicle. We faced the challenge of meeting these needs in a way that was safe but where the experience was seamless,” said Kenki Matsuda, Manager, Automotive Systems Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation. “RealVNC offers the most robust and advanced solution for connecting smartphone and vehicle with its VNC Automotive solution, whilst also providing MirrorLink support. Our Display-Audio infotainment system has been available in vehicles since last year enabling drivers to access the applications on their smartphones safely from the head unit.”

Tom Blackie, Vice President Mobile of RealVNC added, “We are honoured to be working with Panasonic's Automotive Division, one of the leading global suppliers of automotive systems and components, to build VNC Automotive and MirrorLink support into its Display-Audio system. Panasonic's decision to use our technology ensures that they can offer advanced mobile to vehicle connectivity for the widest range of smartphone devices including support for legacy handsets.”

VNC Automotive has been widely adopted by the automotive industry as the standard for integrating mobile and vehicle, with partners including the world's largest automotive, infotainment, OEM and Tier 1 manufacturers. VNC Automotive provides a seamless experience enabling smartphone connections via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB, the technology also supports other connectivity protocols such as MirrorLink and iPod Out.

About Panasonic Corporation

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company's website at panasonic.net.

About RealVNC

RealVNC's software is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world in both desktop and mobile platforms for remote access and control. The technology is being deployed in every sector of industry, commerce, government and education. Founded by the original inventors of VNC, RealVNC is the only organization able to offer a commercial license to embed VNC remote access capability in third-party products and offerings.

VNC is a registered trademark of RealVNC Ltd. in the U.S. and in other countries.