South Korea’s LG Electronics and Volkswagen announced they would work together to develop a connected car platform.
The automaker and the electronics giant said they would develop technologies that would allow drivers to connect their cars to their homes so that they would able to remotely control and monitor smart devices such as lights, security systems and domestic appliances. They will also work on a notification system that can deliver messages and give optimised recommendations to the driver in real time, based on real-time situations, as well as on next-generation infotainment technology for connected cars. “Volkswagen is pressing on with the digitalisation of its brands. LG’s expertise in smart technology together with Volkswagen’s leadership in the automotive sector will revolutionise the way drivers interact with their vehicles,” they said in a joint statement.
LG Electronics, along with its units LG Display and LG Innotek, was one of the first electronics companies to commit itself to the automotive industry, looking to boost its business beyond the stagnated market of smartphones and TVs. The South Korean company has established itself among one of the world’s biggest electric vehicle battery suppliers, as it collaborates with 25 automakers globally.
It also recently announced it is in talks with the biggest carmaker in Iran to form a partnership to help Iran Khodro to develop battery-powered cars, an agreement which is expected to be signed and announced in the autumn.