Volkswagen and LG agree joint development of a connected car platform

The Volkswagen Group and LG Electronics have signed a memorandum of understanding on joint research and development of a next-generation connected car service platform. The two companies will work together on a platform to enhance vehicle connectivity and convenience. Using cloud technology, it will offer drivers seamless digital access to extensive features such as smart home and location-based services.

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The Volkswagen Group and LG Electronics have signed a memorandum of understanding on joint research and development of a next-generation connected car service platform. The two companies will work together on a platform to enhance vehicle connectivity and convenience. Using cloud technology, it will offer drivers seamless digital access to extensive features such as smart home and location-based services.

Over the coming years, the two companies will be concentrating on:

  • Developing technologies that bring together the connected car and the smart home so that drivers are able to control and monitor smart devices in their homes – such as lights, security systems and domestic appliances – from out on the road.
  • Developing a context-sensitive notification centre that can deliver messages in an intuitive and safe manner and provide optimised recommendations to the driver in real time.
  • Developing next-generation infotainment technology for connected cars.

Volkswagen claims this agreement is an example of the long-standing relationship that LG and Volkswagen have developed over the years. LG was one of the first electronics companies to commit itself to the automotive industry and it has been supplying audio-visual products for vehicles since 2007.

In March in 2015, Volkswagen subsidiary Italdesign Guigiaro unveiled its GEA concept car at the Geneva Motor Show with seven key components supplied by LG Electronics, including the holographic display, connected smart watch, tail lights and rear camera. In July, LG was selected as Volkswagen’s strategic electronics supplier and also listed as a partner company on its FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks) programme. At CES earlier this year, the two companies showcased a smart home system that could be controlled remotely from the vehicle.


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