LG ELECTRONICS AND LUXOFT ESTABLISH WEBOS AUTO JOINT VENTURE AT CES 2020
Headquartered in California, Partnership Aims to Develop and Advance webOS Auto Into a Market Leading Platform
LAS VEGAS — LG Electronics (LG) and Luxoft, a DXC Technology Company, entered into an agreement this week to jointly develop and expand the webOS Auto platform in production-ready systems.
Dr. I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG, and Dmitry Loschinin, executive vice president of DXC Technology and president and CEO of Luxoft, signed the agreement yesterday in Las Vegas during the CES® 2020 exhibition. The new venture will be based in Santa Clara, California and is expected to commence operation in the first quarter of 2020 at which time the management team will be announced.
Through the new joint venture, LG and Luxoft will advance the deployment of production-ready digital cockpit, in-vehicle infotainment, rear-seat entertainment (RSE) and ride-hailing systems based on webOS Auto platform and make it available for automakers, fleet operators, and shared mobility services providers. LG’s webOS Auto platform provides features, functionality and incorporates all essential components such as multimedia processing, multi-display control, connectivity, security, offering improved comfort and convenience to passengers and drivers. The new venture will leverage Luxoft’s global engineering at-scale delivery network.
With webOS in more than 70 million smart TVs in homes worldwide, LG is revolutionizing the living room with the best user experience in the TV industry. With webOS Auto delivering an ecosystem of intelligent services and content streaming services from market leaders, LG is expanding its expertise by offering a unique consumer-grade experience in vehicles.
“Through this joint venture with Luxoft, we are aiming to strengthen LG’s automotive IVI platform and accelerate the arrival of connected vehicles by leveraging technologies” said Dr. Park. “We will continue to evolve the ecosystem of webOS Auto by providing a wide range of services with a growing list of partner companies.”
“This new venture reinforces Luxoft’s capabilities in the design, development and deployment of large-scale digital cockpit and connected mobility solutions based on open platforms,” said Loschinin. “The combined strengths of LG and Luxoft will create invaluable synergy to deploy the webOS Auto platform for digital, consumer-grade experiences to automakers and their key partners.”
LG TO ACCELERATE B2B INNOVATION WITH MICROSOFT
LG Powers Automotive Infotainment and Building Management Systems with Microsoft Azure Cloud and AI Technologies
LAS VEGAS — LG Electronics (LG) is working with Microsoft to build its automotive infotainment systems, building management systems and other business-to-business collaborations. As announced at CES 2020, LG will leverage Microsoft Azure and AI services to accelerate the digital transformation of LG’s B2B business growth engines.
A year ago, LG started its collaboration with Microsoft to enhance and further grow LG’s autonomous vehicle and infotainment system business. LG will expand the scope of new projects beyond the automotive sector and further into the commercial space.
LG plans to enhance its management systems to enable its Building Energy Control (BECON) system to manage and control HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems more efficiently using Azure. While extending its BECON system around the world with Microsoft’s support, the company will develop the next version of BECON with Azure data and hybrid cloud + AI services.
The integration with Azure will further enhance LG’s in-vehicle infotainment solution. This builds on the powerful combination of LG’s webOS Auto and the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform for the next generation of connected vehicles. For the next version of webOS Auto, LG will provide various additional HMI (human machine interface) experiences, especially in the in-vehicle entertainment and work efficiency areas.
LG’s infotainment systems will integrate virtual personal assistant technologies from LG with the Microsoft virtual assistant solution accelerator and automakers’ own personal assistants to enhance their brand experiences and provide various connected services to end users. This innovative HMI software platform is designed to advance the monetization of new digital services.
“Microsoft brings complementary technologies and synergy to advance LG’s B2B solutions,” said Dr. Lee Sang-yong, senior vice president and head of Automotive & Business Solutions Center at LG Electronics. “Our work with Microsoft will help drive competitiveness and the digital transformation for LG’s B2B areas, which represent the growth engine for the future.”
“Microsoft empowers mobility companies to digitally transform and identify new business opportunities,” said Sanjay Ravi, general manager of Automotive Industry at Microsoft Corp. “LG is fostering innovation and providing their customers with new value-added services by building its own digital capabilities and data-driven culture.”