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LG and Qualcomm band together to boost in-car experience

LG and Qualcomm have joined forces to advance the in-car experience, according to an announcement. Together the companies plan to work together to further develop webOS Auto, LG’s connected in-vehicle infotainment system.

Harnessing webOS Auto and Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Development Platform (ADP), the companies aim to create and advance a more convenient in-car experience for drivers and passengers alike.

LG’s webOS Auto is a Linux-powered platform which leverages LG’s experience in vehicle infotainment for connected automobiles. LG’s recently announced webOS Open Source Edition 2.0, which adds automotive infotainment functionality, allows developers to experience some of the features that will be incorporated in webOS Auto.

The Snapdragon ADP features infotainment technologies supported through artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, advanced graphics for high-resolution multiple display configurations and ultra HD media streaming.

Snapdragon ADP is designed to provide a comprehensive hardware and software environment for development of high performing and power efficient automotive cockpit platforms, including passenger and rear-seat entertainment (RSE) displays.

In addition to developing and commercialising a more advanced webOS Auto, LG and Qualcomm will collaborate on a reference platform which LG will unveil in January at CES 2020.

“We very much value this collaboration with Qualcomm expands the ecosystem of the webOS Auto platform and with the latest solutions from Qualcomm such as 5G networks and multimedia, customers will be able to experience the same entertainment at home in connected cars,” says LG Electronics president and CTO Dr. I.P. Park.

“Together, webOS and Snapdragon ADP will provide a high-performing, comprehensive hardware and software platform for future vehicle infotainment systems,” says Park.

Qualcomm Technologiessenior vice president and president of global business operations Jim Cathey says, “The work between LG and Qualcomm Technologies builds on the long-established and successful relationship between the two companies, creating a great synergy effect in next-generation automotive software.

“We are confident that our combined experiences and expertise in developing automotive technologies will aid in delivering the best in-vehicle and next-generation user experiences customers demand.”