A mobile industry giant is teaming up with a car industry giant in order to get more vehicles (and homes) connected. Indeed, LG has decided to join forces with Volkswagen in pursuing joint research and development efforts concerning a proposed connected car platform that should become operational in the not too distant future.
Specifically, the LG-Volkswagen partnership is hoping to achieve three things. One is to develop technologies that meld the concepts of connected vehicles and smart homes, basically allowing car owners to control and manage smart devices inside their homes, like lighting systems, security systems, and home appliances, just to name a few, from the comfort of their vehicle’s seats.
The second objective of the collaboration is to create a notification center that is not only context sensitive, but able to transmit alerts in an intuitive and secure manner, and at the same time, supply advisories to driver users in real time. The third goal is to continue to research and improve next gen infotainment technology for connected vehicles.
None of the objectives mentioned in the preceding paragraphs made any mention about self driving automobiles. Although that notion is not impossible entirely, LG and Volkswagen may have been adopting a more conservative approach to this whole connected cars thing. Besides, focusing on the smart ecosystem surrounding vehicles is not a bad idea, and pairing that with smart appliances at home not too shabby either. More importantly, the two companies seem to be intent on combining their efforts on what is doable in the short term, and also, the stuff that might actually be useful to home owners and vehicle owners alike.
Some consumers may already know that apart from producing mobile devices and all sorts of electronic products, LG has already started building smart appliances such as connected washers, dryers, and even refrigerators. Even though the South Korean tech giant has had a bit of a head start, the road to realizing the concept of the Internet of Things is still very long, but forging a partnership with Volkswagen seems like a step in the right direction, not only for LG, but also for Volkswagen as well. And throw in the fact that both companies have already demoed prototypes of this technology -- consumers will not have to wait long before they can experience this tech for themselves.
LG had previously worked with Volkswagen with regards to certain audio and battery components for automobiles, and also, LG Chem will be supplying the battery components for GM’s upcoming Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle offering.
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