Luxoft and LG Electronics (LG) will form an automotive joint venture to advance the deployment of production-ready digital cockpit, in-vehicle infotainment, rear-seat entertainment (RSE) and ride-hailing systems based on the webOS Auto platform.
The JV will bring together the automotive software engineering provider with technology and home entertainment provider.
Luxoft will lead the deployment of webOS Auto platform in production-ready systems in automotive by contributing its global delivery network and its engineering at-scale delivery organization.
Automakers and their key partners, fleet operators, and shared mobility services providers can already deploy webOS Auto to large-scale series production systems, including:
• Digital Cockpit systems;
• Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) for traditional needs;
• Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) with ride-hailing mode; and
• Cabin and center stack display for ride-hailing systems.
It is anticipated that the JV will commence operations in the first quarter of 2020. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. webOS Auto is an open platform for collaboration and an ideal platform for shared and intelligent mobility. It provides unique features and functionality, and incorporates all essential components – such as multimedia processing, multi-display control, connectivity and security – to offer improved comfort and convenience to passengers and drivers.
In 2018, Luxoft and LG announced a partnership to help create the next generation webOS as part of a strategy to extend its capabilities and ecosystem into the automotive, robotics and smart home verticals. The companies revealed a forward-looking vision for Autonomous and Connected Mobility at CES 2019 to create webOS Auto, an open platform for shared and intelligent mobilty, extending the capabilities and ecosystem of webOS into the automotive market. The companies also presented Luxoft HALO, shared mobility concept featuring a highly personalized in-vehicle consumer-grade experience, based on the webOS Auto platform at CES 2020.
“This new venture reinforces Luxoft’s capabilities in the design, development and deployment of large-scale digital cockpit and connected mobility solutions based on open platforms,” said Dmitry Loschinin, executive vice president, DXC Technology, and president and CEO, Luxoft. “The combined strengths of LG and Luxoft will create invaluable synergy to deploy webOS Auto, the platform for digital, consumer-grade experiences to automakers and their key partners.”
“The JV builds on the long-established and successful relationship between the two companies, creating a great synergy effect in next-generation customer experiences,” said Dr. I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics. “Luxoft’s combined capabilities and execution with its global delivery network will accelerate the deployment of webOS Auto in production-ready systems.”