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LG Electronics and Luxoft have formed a partnership to develop the next-generation webOS open source operating system for new markets, including automotive.

webOS has featured in over 60 million smart TVs [pictured] and digital signage systems, and LG now intends to supply it for applications such as robotics and smart home services as well as digital cockpit development: navigation, infotainment and other functions involving human-car interaction.

Luxoft will provide technical assets as well as its experience in designing and deploying software platforms for a wide variety of products and services, a statement reads. LG Electronics’ chief technology officer I.P. Park commented: “Thanks to our collaboration with Luxoft, we are able to bring webOS into automotive and beyond. Luxoft is providing a substantial technological contribution to webOS and has also greatly enhanced our ability to deploy it into new industries.”

Mikael Söderberg, Luxoft senior technical director, automotive, added: “We’re already leveraging LG Electronics’ thriving smart TV ecosystem to customize and enhance webOS so it provides an innovation canvas for car manufacturers to develop next-generation autonomous vehicles. Having access to webOS and its cloud services platform will enable carmakers to design and develop better customer experiences for autonomous mobility services.”

-Farah Alkhalisi