LG has officially announced on its website that it will be taking part in the Android Auto platform introduced this year at Google I/O. The South Korean tech company will focus on producing connected car components for new vehicles. However, it is unclear exactly which car-makers will use its technology. Android Auto has a variety of new systems will allow Android users to hook up their phones, making it possible for users to control navigation apps, search contacts and make calls.
LG might be jumping onto the bandwagon but in a more silent way. Although it will be helping Google in its automotive initiative, the tech company will not be able to offer its own skins for Android Auto. This is to ensure a more consistent UI is achieved with the new platforms including Android TV and Android Wear. However, we’re still expecting to see some LG touches here and there.
We have seen a strong product out of this partnership before e.g. the Nexus 5 smartphone so we are excited to see where the collaboration leads this time. Sadly though we will have to wait till 2015 when LG’s new system is set to go. The first Android Auto cars will be rolling out this year without it.
LG JOINS OPEN AUTOMOTIVE ALLIANCE, TAKES ON CONNECTED CAR COMPONENTS MARKET
LG Unveils Smart Solutions for Smarter Cars at Google I/O 2014
SEOUL, June 29, 2014 — LG Electronics (LG) became the newest member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), joining global automakers and technology companies including Google, General Motors, Hyundai, Honda, and NVIDIA. From 2012, the alliance has been dedicated to introducing greater connectivity into cars through the innovative application of the Android platform.
LG showcased its new range of audio, visual and navigation (AVN) system solutions for connected cars at Google I/O 2014, the annual developer conference held in San Francisco. LG’s advanced AVN system, which is expected to be available by 2015, enables drivers to simply connect their Android device via a single cable to vehicles featuring Google’s in-car interface platform to easily and conveniently access their smartphones’ features and functions. For example, drivers can view and control their favorite smartphone navigation apps or search their mobile phone’s contacts to make calls and send text messages through the in-car display.
With the global connected car market expected to reach almost 60 million units and nearly USD 100 billion by 20181, LG’s industry-leading mobile devices and in-car infotainment capabilities will play a key role in the future of Android Auto. LG is also a global leader in 4G LTE, the main connectivity solution for connected vehicles today and in the foreseeable future.
“As a top technology company with a strong mobile business, LG has a great deal to contribute to the connected car space,” said Jong-rak Lim, vice president and head of In-vehicle Infotainment Development at LG Electronics’ Vehicle Components Company. “LG will strive to strengthen its cooperation with OAA partners to bring connected vehicles to consumers sooner rather than later.”
Via: Android Central