D.he first Google car comes from Sweden: while other e-car manufacturers have developed their own operating and assistance systems, the Polestar 2 uses Android. The The upper mid-range electric car (base price: 53,540 euros before funding) is a competitor to the Tesla Model 3 with its dimensions, performance and features. And similar to the Tesla, a large touch display sits enthroned above the center console in the interior of the Polestar 2.
Android smartphone on wheels
The Polestar 2 is operated in almost the same way as an Android smartphone: if the driver starts the car by pressing the brake pedal, the display shows familiar apps, including Google Maps, Google Assistant, Google Music and the Play Store. If you want to use all functions, you have to log in with your Google account. It can be done without a Google login, but then only basic functions are available. In the Polestar, the driver has the same apps in view as on his smartphone. However, some functions have been added to the apps, for example for controlling the air conditioning system or planning routes from charging station to charging station.
Google instead of your own solution
So Polestar is not reinventing the wheel, but is relying on proven technology: Google is undisputedly the expert in the field of artificial intelligence. And we are not so presumptuous as to believe that we can keep up ?, explains Anna Wesolowski, Polestar press officer. According to Wesolowski, the developers at the parent company Volvo have tried for years to develop their own system, but this has always led to unsatisfactory solutions. In addition, thanks to the collaboration with Google, Polestar can access the real-time traffic information in Google Maps for navigation, among other things, and can also rely on the ongoing development of the Google Assistant.
AUTO BILD tests the Polestar 2
And how well does Android work in the Polestar 2? The colleagues from CAR PICTURE have tested the car: ?? Four large tiles on the screen, that’s self-explanatory, and that’s all it takes to operate the Polestar. No crude submenus, no system crashes as with competitors. As a driver, you quickly find yourself starting to chat with the Polestar: Turn on the heated seats! What’s the weather like tomorrow? Navigate me home! It all works so naturally that you quickly forget that it wasn’t always like that ?, explains How To Cars editor Stefan Voswinkel.
The Play Store for Cars is currently still very clearly stocked; especially audio apps like Spotify are available for download. According to Polestar, the offer is to be expanded. Apps for YouTube or Netflix are also conceivable. But they only run when the car is parked. Polestar also hopes that other car manufacturers will also use Android in the future. Because this would give app developers additional incentives to develop special apps for use in the car. Speaking of other manufacturers: what about iPhone users? There’s good news for them: In the coming year it should also be possible to operate Apple apps via Apple CarPlay on the display.
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Is the data safe?
The question of data protection remains. Critics also like to refer to Google as a data octopus that collects and evaluates all information about the user in order to create a personality profile. This data in turn is worth a lot of money. Using the Google Assistant or Google Maps while driving generates relevant information. According to Polestar, however, the driver always retains control of his data; it is generally not shared. This is important because, of course, a lot of specific data is generated while driving. In this way, it can be determined on the basis of acceleration and braking values whether an aggressive or rather passive driver is sitting behind the steering wheel. Such telemetry data are particularly interesting for insurers? According to Polstar, however, they basically stay in the vehicle.