LG and Qualcomm team up to develop connected car technology

LG Electronics has announced that it is teaming up with mobile technology firm Qualcomm to develop a range of next-generation solutions for connected vehicles.

The partners, who will work together out of LG’s Science Park in Seoul, will also set up a joint research centre in South Korea to develop the 5G and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technologies required for next-generation autonomous vehicles.

The companies see 5G as vital to the deployment of a fully connected car platform. The technology offers connection speeds up to five times faster than the fastest LTE technology, allowing 5G to deliver data at the speeds required for autonomous driving.

Meanwhile, C-V2X technology, for which field tests are already being conducted in parts of Europe and Asia, delivers double the operation time at a lower cost than existing Dedicated Short Range Communications using existing mobile communication networks.

“LG plans to lead the next-generation vehicle components market by combining our experience in automotive communication technologies with Qualcomm’s advanced connected solutions from LTE to 5G,” said Kim Jin-yong, executive vice president of LG’s Vehicle Components Smart Business Unit.

Nakul Duggal, Qualcomm’s vice president of product management, said: “Building on our long-standing relationship with LG, this effort to advance C-V2X technology further demonstrates our continued commitment to the development of advanced solutions for safe, connected and increasingly autonomous vehicles.”