LG has announced more formally their membership in the Open Automotive Alliance, which will be setting the groundwork for Android Auto. LG intends to build a range of audio, visual, and navigation products to plug into the car, which will be available by 2015. The system can plug your phone into the car with a single cable to enable access to navigation apps, contacts, voice calls, and text messages through the car display.
LG appeared briefly in one of the slides laying out the first Open Automotive Alliance partners, but it's good to hear a bit more about how LG will be specifically contributing to the Android Auto platform. Around these parts, LG isn't exactly the first name that comes to mind when it comes to cars, but they've got their fingers in a bunch of pies. This is only one partner in a pretty large group of partners though, and we're eager to see what they all have to offer.
What kind of Android-friendly car features are you looking forward to?
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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."