Panasonic Avionics and Toca Boca plan inflight map for kids


Panasonic Avionics and Toca Boca have announced plans to create an inflight map especially for kids, that uses Panasonic’s personalised 3D inflight map platform, Arc.

This deal would be an extension of the companies’ existing relationship, which provides seatback entertainment to traveling families. The map is intended as a fun interface to keep kids entertained and informed inflight.

Arc’s technology is inspired by the latest design thinking of contemporary UX and high-definition gaming experiences. It is designed to expand the traditional inflight moving map application into an augmented digital experience and is available across all inflight displays including seatback, overhead, handset and within mobile apps and web portals.

“Combining the fun and creativity of Toca Boca’s digital toys and games with our cutting-edge 3D map platform, Arc, will capture kids’ imagination and provide them with a more engaging and immersive travel experience,” said David Bartlett, chief technology officer at Panasonic Avionics. “Our vision is to inspire the next generation to travel, learn about the world around them, and have fun while doing it. At Panasonic we’re constantly innovating to enhance the passenger experience for flyers of all ages, and the launch of our child-friendly map is a big step forward on that journey.”

“Everything we design is from the kids’ perspective, and we love the idea that they could have a fun map of their own,” said Caroline Ingeborn, president and COO at Toca Boca. “This potential collaboration could be a fun new venue for us to invite traveling families to play through innovation, quality and inclusion.”

In April 2019, Toca Boca was announced as launch user of Gaming, a new addition to Panasonic’s Theatre IFE solution.

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Marisa has been writing about transport design and the passenger experience since 2013 and is also a contributor to sister titles Aircraft Interiors International and Business Jet Interiors International. She has travelled the world extensively by car, plane, train and cruise liner.

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