- Polestar, Volvo’s performance/EV brand, was the first automaker to integrate the Android Automotive OS into its vehicles.
- The next version of the automaker’s infotainment system will be all about personalization.
- In-car driver monitoring is coming to future Polestars.
The Polestar 2 is the first vehicle to get an infotainment system built on Google’s Android Auto operating system. With it, there’s a tighter integration with the vehicle and Google’s products, including the company’s Google Maps and voice assistant. Today, Polestar showed off the future of what that collaboration looks like.
The electrified automaker shared a vision in which the vehicle personalizes the driver’s experience based on their key including loading last-used applications. Polestar noted that the vehicle could even surface information based on the driver’s driving habits, preferences, and conditions. It still sort of looks like Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, but it’s clear that this is based on Android.
For those moments when you’re just sitting in the car while at the charger, future Polestars will include popular video streaming services.
Plus, the in-car voice system will evolve to become more conversational so that you’re talking to the car instead of just barking orders at it. Both companies said the assistant will expand to understand more languages and local accents.
As for Maps, it’ll be tightly integrated into the vehicle’s driver-assistance features. The system will use detailed maps from Google to nudge the driver to be safer. Although it’s unclear right now how that will happen.
And finally, future Polestars will have in-car driver monitoring with advanced eye tracking (so all those fancy new infotainment systems don’t distract you from the road) and will make sure you’re paying attention to the task at hand instead of staring at a giant screen.