LG Electronics delivers infotainment system for Renault’s new EV, Auto News, ET Auto

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LG Electronics announced on 1st that it has delivered the next generation infotainment system to the new electric vehicle (EV) model “Megane E-Tech” from French automaker Renault Group.

LG Electronics and Renault presented a next-generation infotainment system jointly developed by both companies at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich in September. This infotainment system is based on Google’s Android Automotive OS.

It used Android 10, the latest version of Android OS, and received the Google Automotive Services (GAS) license. The GAS offers various Google services and Android apps available on Android automotive devices. This system is the first to receive the GAS license for the Android 10 version.

When you consider that around 70 percent of the OS share of mobile devices is Android OS, customers using Android OS can easily adapt to the car’s infotainment system. In addition, this system is simple and intuitive, so anyone using a different operating system can easily use it as well.

The two companies first developed a software platform that can run separately from the hardware. This platform supports Ethernet interfaces, a short-range communication network between the cluster (dashboard) and CID (Central Information Display), so customers can use Google Maps or control music and videos on the cluster.

In addition, the platform is equipped with the FOTA (firmware over the air) system which is automatically updated over the wireless internet so that users can always use the latest version of the operating system. In addition, the state of charge of electric vehicles can be checked outside the vehicle.

“The digital cockpit has rapidly changed the way drivers and passengers interact with vehicles to improve personalization and comfort,” said Thierry Cammal, vice president of Renault Software Factory Alliance Global. “The ongoing collaboration with LG Electronics played an important role in the application of the excellent Android cockpit for Megane E-Tech.”

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