LG, VW Collaborating to Develop a Connected Car and Home Platform
The joint research between LG and VW aims to create a next-generation platform that better connects cars and homes for owners.Connecting cars and homes in new and innovative ways is the goal of a new collaborative project being undertaken by smartphone and electronics vendor LG and automaker Volkswagen. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin joint research and development of what they call a next-generation connected car service platform that will bring new capabilities to their customers. The work will center on continuing development of Volkswagen's Cross-Over-Platform, which builds on enhancing vehicle connectivity and user convenience, according to a July 6 announcement by the companies. "Using the latest in cloud technology, it will offer drivers seamless digital access to extensive features such as smart home and location-based services," the companies said in a statement. "LG Electronics and Volkswagen are teaming up to develop the next generation of connected car platform that allows wide integration with smart home services and adoption of open [Internet of things] connectivity technologies," Richard Choi, the head of LG's Cloud Center, said in a statement. "We think LG's expertise in smart technology together with Volkswagen's leadership in the automotive sector will revolutionize the way drivers interact with their vehicles." The joint research and development between LG and VW will focus on technologies that bring connected cars and smart homes closer together to allow drivers to control and monitor smart devices in their homes—including lights, security systems and home appliances—right from their vehicles wherever they are, the companies said.
Also slated is development work on future in-vehicle infotainment systems and on a context-sensitive in-vehicle notification center that can deliver messages to drivers simply and safely, while providing optimized recommendations in real time.