A VW Group concept at the 2015 Geneva auto show featured a range of LG electronic components (Photo: Giugiaro)

Volkswagen Group and Korean electronics conglomerate LG plan to jointly develop a next-generation connected-car service platform that will provide seamless digital access to smart-home and location-based services, VW said in a statement.

“We look forward to working with LG and to developing in future simple, easy-to-use smart home solutions for our customers integrated into our vehicle systems," said Thomas Form, head of electronics and vehicle research at the German carmaker.

The two companies plan to develop technologies that will specifically bring together the connected car and the smart home. They will also work on a new notification center to deliver messages to drivers; and they will jointly develop next-generation infotainment technology for connected cars.

VW and LG have been working together for years. In March 2015, VW design subsidiary Italdesign Giugiaro unveiled a Geneva auto show concept called Gea, which featured several key LG components. These included a holographic display, connected smart watch, tail lights and rear camera.

And at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas in January, the two companies showcased a smart home system that could be controlled remotely from the car.