The Volkswagen Group has signed an agreement with LG Electronics to collaborate on the research and development of a new connected car platform.
Aimed at enhancing vehicle connectivity, the two companies will work together on Volkswagen’s next-generation Cross-Over-Platform. Using the latest cloud technology, Volkswagen says the new platform will offer “seamless digital access to extensive features such as smart home and location-based services”.
In a release, Volkswagen said over the coming years, the partnership will concentrate on several initiatives. Firstly, it will develop technologies that bring together the connected car and the smart home, which will allow drivers to control and monitor smart devices in their homes - such as lights, security systems and domestic appliances - from out on the road.
Another focus of the collaboration is the development of 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.
Above: 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf Touch concept previews next-gen infotainment systems
Finally, Volkswagen says that will work with LG to develop next-generation infotainment technology for its connected cars.
“Volkswagen is pressing on with the digitalisation of its brands," Volkswagen electronics and vehicle research chief Thomas Form said.
"Our focus in doing so is always on our customers. For them, comfort, safety and energy efficiency play a central role.
“LG is a strong, reliable partner in the implementation of new features and one of the drivers of innovation in the networked household. We look forward to working with LG and developing simple, easy-to-use smart home solutions for our customers integrated into our vehicle systems.”
LG Cloud Centre head Richard Choi added, "We think LG's expertise in smart technology together with Volkswagen's leadership in the automotive sector will revolutionise the way drivers interact with their vehicles.”
Involved with in-car entertainment products since 2007, LG supplied key components of the Italdesign Guigiaro GEA concept unveiled at the 2015 Geneva motor show - the Italian design house being one of Volkswagen’s subsidiary brands.
Above: 2015 Italdesign Guigiaro GEA concept
These included the car’s holographic display, connected smart watch, tail-lights and rear-view camera system.
More recently, LG was selected as Volkswagen’s strategic electronics supplier, and the two companies showcased a smart home system that can be remotely controlled by a vehicle at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
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