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Volkswagen, LG to collaborate on new connected car service platform

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Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen, Guigiaro | posted July 07, 2016 12:45

Volkswagen's Cross-Over-Platform vehicle connectivity service to be jointly developed

Volkswagen's next-generation of cloud-based in-car connectivity service will get help from electronics giant LG after the the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding. With it, the two companies will work together on the Cross-Over-Platform which is aimed to improve vehicle connectivity and convenience.

As previously mentioned, it will utilize cloud technology which will provide digital access to a wide array of features, functions and apps in smartphones or location-based services. In the next few years, it will also enable users to monitor and control certain functions of smart homes remotely. These include controlling the lights, security systems and appliances.

The system will even notify drivers of recommended options for locations, best routes and detours in real-time. Rounding it all off will be the development of new infotainment tech for upcoming models.

“Volkswagen is pressing on with the digitalization of its brands. Our focus in doing so is always on 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 in future simple, easy-to-use smart home solutions for our customers integrated into our vehicle systems,” Professor Thomas Form, head of electronics and vehicle research at Volkswagen.

The Guigiaro GEA concept

Meanwhile, Richard Choi, head of LG Cloud Center stated that their expertise in digital electronics will compliment Volkswagen's automotive prowess.

“LG Electronics and Volkswagen are teaming up to develop the next generation of connected car platform that allows wide integration with smart home services and adoption of open IoT connectivity technologies. We think LG's expertise in smart technology together with Volkswagen's leadership in the automotive sector will revolutionize the way drivers interact with their vehicles,” said Choi.

The partnership between the two companies is not new as LG has been providing Volkswagen with audio-visual products since 2007. In fact, the Guigiaro GEA concept shown during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is fitted with tech provided by LG Electronics. These include the holograhpic display, connected smart watch, taillights and rear camera.