Key partnership with German manufacturer.

LG and Volkswagen have entered into a memorandum of understanding signalling their commitment to cooperate on the research and development of a next-generation connected car service platform.

Key LG executives present at the signing at Volkswagen HQ in Wolfsburg, Germany included head of LG cloud centre, Richard Choi, head of LG vehicle infotainment system research lab, Lee Sang-yong. Representing Volkswagen were head of electronics and vehicle research, Professor Thomas Form and head of vehicle information systems research, Robert Kattner.

Volkswagen and LG

In a statement provided to Appliance Retailer, LG Australia general manager of marketing, Angus Jones said: “The memorandum of understanding between LG and Volkswagen represents an exciting step forward in the journey LG is taking in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) space. The collaboration demonstrates our commitment to making consumers’ lives more convenient and more productive by expanding an open, connected IoT platform into cars.

“In simple terms, this will mean automation between home and the car to make lives easier. As our partnership progresses, we look forward to sharing more information with the Australian public.”

The two companies will work together to develop Volkswagen’s cross-over-platform to enhance vehicle connectivity and convenience. Using the latest in cloud technology, the goal of the new platform is to offer drivers a seamless digital life with access to features such as smart home services and location based services from their vehicles.

LG and Volkswagen will collaborate to:

  • Develop technologies that bring together the connected car and the smart home, giving drivers the ability to control and monitor smart devices in their homes — such as lights, security systems and household supplies — from the road.
  • Develop a notification center that understands context and delivers notices in an intuitive and safe manner and also provides optimized recommendations for drivers to respond based on real-time situations.
  • Develop optimised next generation infotainment technology for connected cars.