VW + LG= Connected Car Platform for Smarter Homes

Concept_car_Gea_at_Geneva_Motor_Show1The Volkswagen Group and LG Electronics will work togehter in joint research and development of a next-generation connected car service platform.

They will work together on Volkswagen’s Cross-Over-Platform for enhanced vehicle connectivity and convenience. Using the latest in cloud technology, it will offer drivers se access to extensive features such as smart home and location-based services.

In the future, the two companies will be concentrating on:

• Developing technologies that bring together the connected car and the smart home. Drivers will be able to control and monitor devices such as lights, security systems and domestic appliances — from out on the road.

• Developing a e notification center that can deliver messages in an intuitive and safe manner and provide recommendations to the driver in real time.

• Developing next-generation infotainment technology for connected cars.

The companies signed a memorandum of understanding. Key LG Electronics executives present at the signing at Volkswagen Group headquarters included Richard Choi, Head of LG Cloud Center, and Lee Sang-yong, Head of LG Vehicle Infotainment System Research Lab. Representing Volkswagen were Prof. Thomas Form, Head of Electronics and Vehicle Research, and Robert Kattner, Head of Vehicle Information Systems, both of the Group Research Division.

The collaboration 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. It has been supplying audio-visual products for vehicles since 2007, establishing a reputation for reliability and technological innovation.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 attracted great attention showcasing a smart home system that could be controlled remotely from the vehicle.