Polestar vehicles will get (even) more Google tech
Polestar’s current vehicles are already embedded with plenty of tech courtesy of Google. The Polestar 2’s native OS already runs off Google’s Android Automotive OS with built-in Google Assistant and Google Maps service.
But Polestar’s upcoming SUV ups the ante and takes the Google operating system to a new level. When it goes on sale, the Polestar 3 is slated to be the first production car that will utilise Google’s new HD map system.
That may sound like a new map interface with Google Earth 3D graphics, but HD maps is a comprehensive map system that relays precise mapping information and localised traffic data to the car. In the case of the Polestar 3, HD maps works in tandem with the car’s sensors and safety systems to facilitate several driver assistance features like Pilot Assist and autonomous driving.
The precise mapping system incorporates data not traditionally available in current vehicles, identifying lane markings and road signs
“These developments are the direct result of our strong relationship with Google and show the advantages of integrating the innovative Android Automotive OS in our cars,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.
The current Polestar 2 lacks the breadth of radar, ultrasonic and driver monitoring systems that the Polestar 3 has, but it’s not exempt from the new wave of updates from Google.
In time to come, Polestar will roll out updates for current Polestar 2 models that expand on the existing car’s capabilities. Users will soon be able to access some vehicular functions with Google Assistant-enabled devices. Said functions include monitoring the car’s status, battery charge levels, climate preconditioning as well as locking/unlocking functions.