LG and Qualcomm join forces to advance in-car experience

Oct 29, 2019 | News, Qualcomm

Dr. I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics, and Jim Cathey, senior vice president and president of global business operations, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., holding the agreement together

LG Electronics (LG) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, join hands to bring rich in-car experiences to drivers and passengers. The two companies have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to forge a partnership to deliver the most competitive in-vehicle infotainment system for the automotive industry.

LG’s webOS Auto is a Linux-based infotainment platform for the next generation connected cars. LG and Qualcomm collaborate on further developing webOS Auto with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Development Platform (ADP) to enable innovative features that address the growing demand of advanced in-car experiences in all levels of vehicles.

LG has recently released webOS Open Source Edition 2.0, where new infotainment features have been included. webOS Open Source Edition (OSE) is an open-source software platform built for smart and connected devices. This release allows developers to experience some of the infotainment features that will be incorporated into webOS Auto. The open source code and related tools and guides are available to download at the webOS OSE site (https://www.webosose.org).

LG and Qualcomm work together on business and technical collaborations that include development of a reference platform, co-marketing campaigns for webOS Auto platform and strengthening the webOS Auto ecosystem. The co-developed webOS Auto reference platform will be exhibited 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,” said Dr. I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics. “Together, webOS and Snapdragon ADP will provide a high-performing, comprehensive hardware and software platform for future vehicle infotainment systems.”

“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,” said Jim Cathey, senior vice president and president of global business operations, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “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.”