Volkswagen and LG to pair up

The Volkswagen Group and LG Electronics team up to develop connected car technology. Both the companies had signed a joint note of understanding on mutual research and development for the “next-generation” connected car service platform.

This new partnership on connected car platforms integrates more elements of owner’s personal life.

The companies would work together on the Volkswagen’s cross-over that looks like SUVs. The main aim is to enhance the connectivity and convenience of both the drivers and passengers. This developed technology allows cars that are connected to Cloud Technology to help passengers to integrate with smart-home control, messaging, infotainment and location services

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“Volkswagen is pressing on with the digitalization of its brands. Our focus in doing so is always to 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 to developing … simple, easy-to-use smart-home solutions for our customers integrated into our vehicle systems,” said Prof. Thomas Form, Head of Electronics and Vehicle Research at Volkswagen.

Both the companies are working with each other since 2007, LG supplies audio and visual products for VW vehicles. And now this agreement is an instance of their long-lasting relationship. Over the years LG has built up a reputation for reliability and innovation in technology. As stated by the Volkswagen, the most critical element of the new platform would be how information and notifications are delivered and how content is accessed.

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“LG Electronics and Volkswagen are teaming up to develop the next generation connected car platform that allows deep integration with smart-home services and adoption of open [Internet of Things] connectivity technologies. 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,” stated Richard Choi, head of the LG’s Cloud Center at the announcement.

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Italdesign Guigiaro, a subsidiary of Volkswagen launched its GEA concept car in March 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Seven key components of the car were developed by LG, which includes holographic display, connected smart watch, tail lights and rear camera.

Volkswagen then selected LG as their strategic electronics supplier in the month of July and was also made it as a partner company on its FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks) program.

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