The partnerships between carmakers and tech companies to develop self-driving cars has grabbed headlines for some time, but that’s not the only automotive technology seeing supplier-automaker collaboration.

Volkswagen and South Korean LG Electronics announced they will jointly create a next-generation cloud-based infotainment technology for connected cars “over the coming years.”

The first step is to connect VW vehicles to smart phones, allowing drivers to monitor and control smart devices in their homes, such as lights, appliances and security systems.

Next is the creation of a context-sensitive notification center. It will deliver messages to the driver in an intuitive and safe manner, as well as providing optimized recommendations in real time.

The final piece of the partnership is the advancement of a next-generation infotainment technology for connected cars.

“We look forward to working with LG and to developing in the future simple, easy-to-use smart home solutions for our customers integrated into our vehicle systems,” said VW’s Thomas Form, Head of Electronics and Vehicle Research, at the official signing of the agreement.

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LG has a head start on connectivity; it already makes connected appliances including smart washers, dryers and refrigerators, as well as LG smartphones.

Giant LG already has a strong foothold in the automotive industry ranging from making the battery cells and electric motor for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, to supplying car audio systems and batteries to Volkswagen.

A hint of what some of the new technology might look like was demonstrated by Volkswagen and LG at the January Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Budd-e concept EV was a tech lover’s dream. It not only showcased a future time when our “smart” cars and “smart” homes are connected, but featured a touch-sensitive steering wheel and a completely new human-machine interface (HMI) that replaced the traditional dash that was controlled by human gesture movements.

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