LG and Luxoft port WebOS into smart verticals
September 11, 2018
Swiss IT service provider Luxoft Holding has partnered with South Korean electronics company LG Electronics 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 vertical markets.
LG Electronics has deployed WebOS in more than 60 million LG smart TVs and digital signage displays worldwide and this installed base is growing rapidly. As a strategic partner, Luxoft is bringing technical assets as well as experience in designing and deploying software platforms for a wide variety of products and services.
“Thanks to our collaboration with Luxoft, we are able to bring WebOS into automotive and beyond,” said IP Park, chief technology officer at LG Electronics. “Luxoft is providing a substantial technological contribution to WebOS and has also greatly enhanced our ability to deploy it into new industries.”
Luxoft will lead the deployment of WebOS into the new, targeted sectors, beginning with automotive. Initially focusing on digital cockpit development, which includes infotainment, navigation and other features that are human-car interaction-centric. Luxoft and LG Electronics also plan to introduce the platform into the robotics and smart home sectors.
“We’re already leveraging LG Electronics’ thriving smart TV ecosystem to customise and enhance WebOS so it provides an innovation canvas for car manufacturers to develop next-generation autonomous vehicles,” said Mikael Söderberg, senior technical director for automotive at Luxoft. “Having access to WebOS and its cloud services platform will enable car makers to design and develop better customer experiences for autonomous mobility services.”
With both technology and specific industry expertise, the Luxoft and LG partnership is helping provide more ways for businesses across multiple sectors to digitise.
“Underlying this partnership is a shared desire to make it easier for manufacturers to innovate with technology,” said Dmitry Loschinin, president and CEO of Luxoft. “This platform gives them the flexibility to make digital changes. This will help accelerate the mobility revolution, improve human-robotic interactions and make smart devices even smarter.”
Luxoft has more than 12,700 staff across 42 cities in 21 countries within five continents, with its operating headquarters office in Zug, Switzerland.