Polestar is embracing the connected nature of Polestar 2 with the availability of Over-the-Air (OTA) updates. To you and me that is wireless. As a technology that is used daily by most of us, it seems almost incredible this technology is only now working in EVs.
Perhaps the larger files and other security elements have taken time to address – that makes sense. The good news for owners means updates will be sent OTA (wirelessly) rather than having to go to a garage.
Incrementally since December 2020, Polestar 2 owners in all markets have begun to benefit from remote software updates. This means workshop visits will no-longer be required to enjoy the latest features and functionality developments.
“With OTA we bring the latest software updates straight to Polestar 2 customers just like they experience it on their smartphones,” comments Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “Our engineers are constantly improving functionality and developing new features, and with OTA we will be able to push new software out regularly – which means that even the earliest cars can run the latest version and gain new features.”
OTA updates allow Polestar to address a wide variety of items. Introducing new features, bug fixes and stability improvements, to charging speed increases, range improvements and new base software. In combination with the always-connected and always-updated infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS, Polestar 2 presents a holistic and robust digital environment that is constantly improving.
A new safety feature is part of the latest update. Connected Safety warns the driver of potential hazards on the road using data collected from other Polestar and Volvo vehicles. For example, the cloud-based service records when other vehicles react to slippery conditions with the intervention of traction control while driving, or when another vehicle that has been involved in a collision poses a potential hazard along the route.
“With our latest OTA update we provide improvements to various items including Bluetooth connectivity, climate timers, the digital owner’s manual and the 360-degree camera. It also includes an upgrade to the latest Android Automotive operating system, range improvements and incremental speed improvements for DC charging, as well as a safety-related propulsion bug fix,” continues Thomas Ingenlath.
“In today’s age, where we are all used to our phones and computers always running the latest software, we should expect the same from our cars – a huge plus for the digitally connected Polestar 2.”
Sounds like a logical step – lets just hope that they don’t do a Microsoft process where it feels like a never-ending stream of daily updates and that circle of doom whilst the 1 minute wait to update takes 2 hours!
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Polestar produces two electric performance cars. The Polestar 1 is a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with a carbon fibre body, 609 hp, 1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 124 km (WLTP) – the longest of any hybrid car in the world. The Polestar 2 electric performance fastback is the company’s first fully electric, high volume car. Polestar 2 launched in 2020 with an all-wheel drive electric powertrain that produces 300 kW and 660 Nm, with a maximum range of 470 km (WLTP).
In the future, the Polestar 3 electric performance SUV will join the portfolio, as well as the Precept – a design study vehicle released in 2020 that is slated for future production. Precept showcases the brand’s future vision in terms of sustainability, digital technology and design.