Japanese electronics firm Panasonic has been a close partner of Tesla Motors for many years now.
It is the Silicon Valley-based automaker’s sole battery supplier, it helps fund and operate the Tesla “Gigafactory” in Nevada, and the company owns a small stake in the carmaker.
But Panasonic wants to move its partnership with Tesla beyond batteries – by getting involved in Tesla’s self-driving cars, according to its CEO, Kazuhiro Tsuga, said in a recent interview with Reuters.
Tsuga suggested that so-called organic photoconductive film CMOS image sensors currently under development by Panasonic could be incorporated into future self-driving cars.
However, it is unclear if Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, would be receptive to using additional sensors supplied by Panasonic.