LG has introduced its in-car operating system to Hyundai Motor’s new Genesis luxury cars, rivalling Google’s Android Automotive. New Genesis vehicles will have LG webOS technology on board, which will enable owners to stream media on the move.
Dubbed webOS for Automotive, the new LG operating system will not form the base of the car’s entire technology suite like Google’s Android Automotive. Instead, it’ll be a version of the webOS software that features on LG televisions, enabling passengers to “comfortably enjoy the variety of content available on TVs at home within their vehicle”, the company said.
Google’s Android Automotive is a set of building blocks which car makers can use to develop all of their in-car technology, using a similar toolkit to the one provided to phone and tablet developers.
webOS is the base software upon which apps such as Netflix, YouTube, and Kayo can be installed on LG televisions. LG says it’s sold more than 200 million smart televisions featuring webOS since its introduction. However, this is the first time the tech has been introduced in vehicles.
“It provides mobility experiences that bring more value to life on the road by extending their living space to their vehicles,” LG said in a statement.