Panasonic is to start mass-production of electronic rear-view mirrors, the first product jointly developed with Ficosa International, a Tier 1 supplier of automotive parts and systems in Spain.
In 2015, Panasonic invested in the Barcelona-based company, which supplies automotive mirrors to a wide variety of carmakers in Europe and other countries, founding a business partnership.
Their ties strengthened in July this year when Ficosa became a consolidated subsidiary of Panasonic and a business division of its Automotive and Industrial Systems Company.
Now, the electronic rear-view mirror integrating Ficosa’s mirror technology and Panasonic’s camera and liquid crystal display technologies have been adopted by Toyota Motor Corporation as genuine parts.
The electronic rear-view mirror uses a camera with a wide-angle lens offering a wider viewing angle than conventional rear-view mirrors maintains Panasonic. By installing the camera inside on the rear window, the mirror provides a clearer rearward view not obstructed by rear-seat passengers.
Panasonic and Ficosa will continue to step up their collaboration to expand their lineup and sales of jointly-developed products for automakers.