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LG and Volkswagen teaming up on new smart car software

by Jacob Kleinman | July 7, 2016July 7, 2016 2:00 pm PDT

LG and Volkswagen announced a deal this week to work together on a next-generation connected car platform. The companies laid out plans for a system with smart home integration and a new approach to notifications.

Volkswagen hopes to start integrating the new technology into its cars within the next few years. Using cloud software, future vehicles would offer the option to monitor and even control a driver’s smart home appliances from the road. The companies also plan to develop a contextual notification system that can deliver timely alerts without distracting the driver. Additionally, the carmaker is working with LG on a new infotainment system.

“We look forward to working with LG and to developing in the future simple, easy-to-use smart home solutions for our customers integrated into our vehicle systems,” said Prof. Thomas Form, Volkswagen’s Head of Electronics and Vehicle Research.

Volkswagen’s already working on some interesting new technology, including its drool-worthy Golf GTE Sport concept hybrid car. LG’s also dipped its toe in the auto industry by partnering with Chevy to make the battery and motor for its all-electric Bolt, but this deal will give the South Korean company a chance to apply its software and smart home expertise to cars as well.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...