LG confirmed today that it’s jumping into the automotive market this year to help Google with its new Android Auto platform. The South Korean company will help produce connected car components for new vehicles, though its unclear exactly which car-makers will use its technology.
The company’s new Android-powered infotainment system was reportedly on display at Google I/O this month, though it sounds like LG will be more of a silent partner. Google recently confirmed that hardware makers won’t be able to offer their own skins for Android Auto (as well Android TV and Android Wear) as the company moves to promote a more consistent UI with these new platforms.
With LG producing the parts for Android Auto, however, it’s still possible we could see some customization depending on what the company can get away with. For example, LG might offer support for some of its own mobile services since the new platform needs to connect to an Android smartphone to work, but you’ll still be able to use the service even if your handset was made by another OEM.
Google and LG have collaborated in the past with solid results—just take a look at the Nexus 5—so we’re excited to see what comes from their latest partnership. Android Auto definitely has serious potential to change the way we interact with our cars, mostly thanks to the predictive technology pulled directly from Google Now. The first Android Auto cars will start rolling out this year, but LG says its new system won’t be ready to ship until sometime in 2015.