Volkswagen and LG to collaborate on connected car service platform
The Volkswagen Group and LG Electronics have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the companies jointly work on research and development towards a new connected car service platform.
The MoU builds on collaboration between the companies that is already underway as seen in March 2015, when Volkswagen subsidiary Italdesign Guigiaro showcased 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. Earlier in July, Volkswagen chose LG as its strategic electronics supplier and also listed as a partner company on its FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks) programme.
The new agreement will see the companies jointly work on Volkswagen's Cross-Over-Platform, which targets enhanced vehicle connectivity and convenience. The system will use cloud technology to provide digital access to a number of features such as smart home and location-based services.
Over the next two years, the companies will focus on technologies that facilitate the integration of the connected car and the smart home so that drivers in the car can control and monitor smart devices in their homes such as lights, security systems and domestic appliances.
Another area of work will focus on a context-sensitive notification centre that can send messages intuitively and in a secure manner while providing real-time optimised recommendations to the driver. Finally, the companies will also collaborate on the development of new infotainment technology for connected cars.