Polestar is an electric performance car brand owned by Volvo. They aim to revolutionize the market by creating highly functional, technologically advanced, sporty electric vehicles.
- The all-electric Polestar 2 will feature an infotainment system running an Android operating system.
- Traditional app developers will be able to make their products to work directly with the car and not just on a connected smartphone.
- Eventually, the system will be able to receive over-the-air updates, similar to smartphones.
The brand launched in 2017 with the unveiling of the Polestar 1, a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with 600 hp and an electric-only range of 150 km. In 2019 the Polestar 2 was revealed as the company’s first all-electric, higher-volume, premium car designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3.
Appearing at the Google I/O developer conference in California one week after making its North American debut in San Francisco, the Polestar 2 is one of the first cars in the world to feature a new infotainment system powered by Android that offers huge potential for developers.
In accordance with their goals to create one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road, Polestar has presented a new platform that encourages Android developers to create innovative in-car digital experiences.
At developer.polestar.com, Polestar invites Android developers to imagine their own concepts, with the goal of unlocking opportunities that improve in-car infotainment for the entire automotive industry. Polestar will also present and showcase its own inspirational ideas on the new website.
Ahead of his speech at Google I/O, Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar, comments “the Android platform which we have introduced in Polestar 2 has so much potential for innovation that we immediately identified the chance to engage with the developer community. Together with Google, our own digital team has created an exciting interface in the car, and we know that this system will enable great opportunities. We look forward to inspiring new ideas that could make the digital experience in Polestar 2 even better.”
As we can see from the images provided by Polestar, the user interface is incredibly clean and focuses on making everything quick and easy for the driver to use. There’s no doubt in my mind that the system will be incredibly responsive and quick to the touch, which is a big advantage of running on the Android Automotive platform.
Since the system will be open to developers, you’ll be able to use other apps on the car’s system too, such as Spotify, WhatsApp and etcetera. It will simply depend on who has apps ready to run on the Android Automotive platform.
Another major advantage of this system is the ability to receive over the air updates. If Volvo decides to improve the climate control screen one year after launch, you can get that update. Unlike today where the system is essentially going to stay the same for the life of the car. This, of course, goes for all of the other apps on your car too. Just think of it like one big Android tablet.
Android Automotive will also be integrated with Google Assistant, so you can have an in-car reminder to grab that birthday card on the way home from work, use it to turn up the volume or cool down the cabin. While some voice command systems can be spotty at best, Google is known to have one of the best voice recognition systems, which should ensure a mostly aggravation-free experience.
When the fully-electric 2021 Polestar 2 begins production next year, it will be the first vehicle to get the full Google Play Services experience and Android Automotive treatment. It will feature an 11-inch infotainment system and Google Assistant.
This is genuinely an exciting time for in-car infotainment systems. As our cars become connected to our smartphones, homes and activities, we open new doors for innovation and opportunity. With Android Automotive, we can get more information, faster and safer than ever, all while staying connected to our existing Google eco-system. It’s only a matter of time before more cars adapt to the next generation of in-car infotainment with Android.