Just recently, LG Electronics and Volkswagen have penned a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the joint development of a connected, cloud-based car service platform.
The two companies will begin working together on Volkswagen’s Cross-Over-Platform, which is designed to enhance vehicle connectivity. This platform, which will use the newest cloud technology, will provide drivers with digital access to features such as smart home and location-based services.
Under the MOU, the two leading companies will also focus on the development of a context-sensitive notification center that can deliver messages in a safe manner and offer enhanced recommendations to the driver in real time.
Moreover, Volkswagen and LG will work in tandem on the development of next-generation infotainment technology for connected cars. LG says that it was one of the first-ever electronic companies that dedicated itself to the automotive industry and it has been supplying audio-visual products since 2007.
In March last year, Volkswagen’s subsidiary Italdesign Guigiaro unveiled its GEC concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. LG Electronics supplied seven essential components for the concept car such as rear camera, tail lights, connected smart watch, and holographic display.
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the collaboration of the two companies demonstrated a technology that can control smart homes through connected vehicles.
According to Thomas Form, Volkswagen electronics and vehicle research head, Volkswagen is pressing on with the digitalization of its brands, and their focus in doing so is always on their customers. “We look forward to working with LG and to developing in future simple, easy-to-use smart home solutions for our customers integrated into our vehicle systems.”
Meanwhile, LG cloud center head Richard Choi stated that LG and Volkswagen are collaborating in the development of the next generation of connected car platform that enables wide integration with smart home services and implementation of open IoT connectivity technologies. He added that LG’s know-how in smart technology along with Volkswagen’s leadership in the automotive sector would revolutionize the way motorists interact with their vehicles.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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