South Korean firm, LG Electronics, has announced that it has just joined the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a group of global carmakers and tech giants, such as General Motors, Hyundai Motor, Honda and NVIDIA, committed to integrating Google’s Android operating system with cars.
The Korea tech firm showcased its new range of audio, visual and navigation solutions for connected cars at Google’s annual developer conference held in San Francisco last week.
LG’s AVN (audio, visual and navigation) system, which is expected to be available by 2015, enables drivers to simply connect their Android devices to vehicles featuring Google’s in-car interface platform, and conveniently access their smartphones’ features and functions, the company said in a statement.
“As a top technology company with a strong mobile business, LG has a great deal to contribute to the connected car market,” said Lim Jong-rak, head of LG’s in-vehicle infotainment development. LG will strive to strengthen its cooperation with OAA partners to bring connected vehicles to consumers soon.”
About the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA)
The OAA is a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014. The members of the Open Automotive Alliance share a vision for the connected car, and are committed to collaborating around a common platform to make this vision a reality.
The OAA declares that it is “dedicated to accelerating innovation in the car with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale.” It believes that a common platform will help drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone. This open development model and common platform will allow automakers to more easily bring cutting-edge technology to their drivers, and create new opportunities for developers to deliver powerful experiences for drivers and passengers in a safe and scalable way.