This month, Polestar 2 house owners can anticipate a considerable over-the-air replace for his or her electrical autos. The Swedish automaker will push out an OTA replace that, amongst different issues, upgrades the underlying working system to Android 11.
“Software program know-how in our automobiles shouldn’t be a lot completely different from how the newest software program is pushed out on smartphones in on a regular basis life,” stated Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. “With OTA updates, our prospects obtain fixed enhancements with out making a visit to a workshop. We’re very inspired by the constructive response as seen from the exponential progress within the variety of OTA installations and can proceed to ship ongoing enhancements.”
The Polestar 2 was the primary automotive to ship with an infotainment system operating Android Automotive. To not be confused with Android Auto, which casts the display screen and audio from a telephone to the infotainment unit like Apple CarPlay, Android Automotive is a full-blown automotive OS that’s more and more being adopted by different OEMs like Basic Motors, Ford, and Stellantis.
Every time Ars has spoken to one in all these automakers about why they switched to Google’s OS, we have heard the identical causes, together with the potential for a strong third-party app ecosystem, though Polestar has additionally praised the velocity and responsiveness of Google’s growth workforce when asking for brand spanking new options.
When the Polestar 2 first launched in 2020 it did so operating Android 9, earlier than a January 2021 replace introduced Android 10 to the automobiles. Nonetheless, that also leaves the automotive model of Android a bit of behind the one you would possibly discover on a brand new smartphone—Google launched Android 12 for telephones in late 2021.
This would be the eleventh OTA replace for the Polestar 2, which exhibits that the startup is sustaining an everyday cadence of updates for its house owners. These updates have elevated vary effectivity and added an eco mode, the flexibility to schedule charging, and the flexibility to precondition a battery for quick charging, amongst different enhancements.