Plans include connecting cars to smart homes.
German car maker Volkswagen and global tech company LG are teaming up to create a new IoT platform for connected cars. In the July 6 announcement, the companies said they plan to use the platform to bring connected cars and smart homes together. They’ll collaborate on Volkswagen’s Cross-Over-Platform.
“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,” said Richard Choi. “We think LG’s expertise in smart technology together with Volkswagen’s leadership in the automotive sector will revolutionise the way drivers interact with their vehicles.”
The announcement stated that the companies will work together over the next few years to develop new IoT technologies that will allow drivers to control their smart home devices such as lights, security systems and appliances from the road. They’ll also develop a notification center that will deliver insights and alerts to drivers in real-time, and will collaborate on new infotainment technology for smart cars.
The announcement did not mention autonomous cars at all, so it is safe to assume the platform will not include them. This collaboration is just the latest in a string of recent partnerships. Google has joined forces with Fiat Chrysler, Lyft with GM and Uber with Toyota.