LG Electronics and Microsoft strengthen cooperation in car infotainment and building management systems

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : January 10, 2020, 14:05 | Updated : January 10, 2020, 14:05

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LAS VEGAS -- LG Electronics agreed with Microsoft to strengthen cooperation in car infotainment and building management systems as the South Korean company vowed to secure new growth engines through the acceleration of "digital transformation," which uses new, fast and frequently changing digital technology to solve problems.

The agreement on strategic cloud partnership for digital transformation in automotive and B2B solutions was signed at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, LG said in a statement. LG has unveiled webOS Auto, a car infotainment soluton, which was integrated into Microsoft's connected vehicle platform. The webOS Auto solution was based on a Linux kernel-based multitasking operating system for smart devices.

For the next version of webOS Auto, LG said it would provide various additional human machine interface (HMI) experiences, especially in in-vehicle entertainment and work efficiency.

LG said it would enhance management systems to enable its Building Energy Control (BECON) system that can be used to manage and control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems more efficiently using Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers.

"Microsoft brings complementary technologies and synergy to advance LG's B2B solutions," said Lee Sang-yong, head of LG's automotive and business solutions center. "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."

In a separate deal in Las Vegas, LG strengthened its partnership with Luxoft, a Swiss-based software company, to develop upgraded automotive solutions including digital cockpits. A joint venture will be established in Santa Clara, California, in the first half of the year. 

"The digital transformation is the cornerstone of change and growth or sustainable growth," LG Electronics CEO Kwon Bong-seok said at CES 2020, adding the company will secure new growth engines with active responses such as digital transformation.

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