Polestar, a brand coming out of Sweden, promises to produce new electric cars to rival the likes of the Tesla Model 3. Their new car, the Polestar 2, was unveiled very recently and apart from being a great looker, being equipped with the latest safety features and offering a feature rich and spacious cabin, it will be the first car to use Android Automotive. Not to be confused with Android Auto, which is offered in a number of cars right now, Android Automotive does not require you to connect a smartphone to the car to gain access to the Android user experience. This is the next step in connectivity in cars, and soon, we shall see a huge variety of cars offering this feature.
With Android automotive, the Android OS is built directly in the central screen of the car, allowing you to operate it without the need of a phone. Although, there are many benefits of connecting your phone, for instance, once you log in with your Google account, the car recognises you through your phone, making a separate profile for you. So every time you walk up to the car with your phone, the car recognises you and unlocks itself. Once in, the seats will adjust to your preference, making the process of entering your car a huge occasion. You can also add a number of trusted accounts for your friends and family, so whenever they walk up to the car, it welcomes them and adjusts the seat to their preference without them having to do anything.
As part of the Android Automotive package, you also gain access to the Google assistant. This assistant will take care of many things inside the car, like your climate control, your windows and much more. This will make the car much safer as not only are your eyes on the road all the time but even your hands are on the steering wheel. Apart from the giant, touch-enabled screen in the centre, the Polestar 2 also comes with a digital instrument console for the driver. It will not only tell you your speed and juice left in your battery, but the screen can also be used for navigation, showcasing a simple layout of the route selected, making driving that much easier.
The Polestar 2 is based on the CMA platform built by its parent company, Volvo, which also underpins it the popular XC40 compact SUV. So unlike the Tesla Model 3, the Polestar 2 does not get an exclusive platform, but shares it with conventional engine powered cars. It comes with electric motors generating 408 horsepower and carries enough batteries to push the car about 275 miles without having to recharge. This car marks the change we will see very soon in the dashboard of all our cars, it all starts here.