Owners of a Polestar 2 could previously enjoy high driving comfort and sporty handling. What many iPhone owners sorely lacked, however, was Apple CarPlay. Now the electric car manufacturer, which has so far relied exclusively on Android Automotive, has followed suit via over-the-air update.
Small update with big effect
Certainly, iPhone owners with Polestar 2 in the garage might have made air jumps when the company announced on Wednesday on the short message service Twitter, which contents the new update would have. In addition to classic stability improvements, the Volvo brand also unceremoniously delivers Apple CarPlay.
As a result, Android smartphone owners are no longer the only ones who can benefit from a seamless smartphone-car connection. Apple’s in-house interface for cars is now also available. This not only makes it easy to make calls, but also to use many apps. Whether it’s music via Spotify or navigation via Apple Maps – Apple CarPlay brings gigantic user convenience to the Polestar 2 for iPhone owners.
Workshop visit not necessary
It’s amazing what’s happened in the automotive field over the past few years. When Tesla was still relatively fresh on the market, everyone looked enviously over at the US automaker. After all, Tesla was the first to offer convenient over-the-air updates. This was made possible by the vehicle’s permanent Internet connection. Software updates and even new features could be installed on the vehicle via this connection. This meant there was no need for a traditional visit to the workshop. Nowadays, the whole thing doesn’t seem so new anymore. After all, pretty much every modern car offers this feature. So does the Polestar 2. Accordingly, the latest update should also arrive quite simply over-the-air in the vehicle.
Polestar 2 with pioneering role
While over-the-air updates are anything but new, the Polestar 2 takes on a pioneering role in another respect. After all, it is the first vehicle to come from the factory with Android Automotive as its user interface and now also wants to offer Apple CarPlay. Maybe an exclusive contract has expired? However, owners of an Android smartphone will still have more operating comfort in a Polestar 2. Finally, the update, which is to be rolled out globally in batches, will only enable Apple CarPlay with the help of a wired connection. Wireless Apple CarPlay, as we know it from many other cars, is not available here (yet). It is currently unclear when the update will be rolled out in Germany. But those who can’t wait can simply drive to a local Polestar dealer and have it installed there the classic way.
Upcoming models with Apple CarPlay
That Polestar is convinced of the importance of Apple CarPlay is made clear by the company’s announcement that Apple CarPlay 2 will also be used in Polestar vehicles. Experts have high hopes for the latest version of the service. After all, the user interface is to extend over the entire area between the driver and the front passenger. The focus is no longer just on controlling calls and media.
Rather, Apple CarPlay 2 is to merge with the car and also enable the control of air conditioning and other car components. However, it will still be a little while before we can experience the latest operating system for cars in practice. Apple talks about the first vehicles with CarPlay 2 being launched at the end of 2023. Consequently, this will probably affect the Polestar 3, which is to celebrate its world premiere in October, at the earliest. BMW owners, however, have had to do without Apple CarPlay since May. The reason for this is savings due to the chip shortage.