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VW, LG Electronics to co-develop Connected-Car Platform

South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. said today it will work with Volkswagen AG to jointly develop a connected-car platform to enable vehicles to communicate with external devices.

LG, in a statement, said it and Volkswagen will work to jointly develop over “the next few years” technologies allowing drivers to control and monitor devices in their homes such as lights and security systems, as well as in-vehicle entertainment technologies and an alerting system for drivers providing “recommendations” based on real-time situations.

LG Electronics, along with affiliates LG Display Co. and LG Innotek Co., has identified the auto industry as a new growth driver and has been pushing to grow new businesses amid continued struggles for its mobile phones division.

LG and its affiliates last year clinched a deal to supply key components ranging from the battery cells and the electric motor for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car, burnishing their credentials. LG companies also supply products such as car audio systems and batteries to Volkswagen.

In a statement today, Thomas Form, Volkswagen’s head of electronics and vehicle research, called LG a strong partner and said the pair will work to integrate smart home solutions into Volkswagen vehicles.

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