Shortly after the announcement of the cooperation with Hertz, there is already more news from Polestar. This time, it’s mainly news about the Polestar 2 model, which gets the P2.0 software update including Android 11 via over-the-air update (OTA), which comes up with some improvements.
Polestar software update P2.0 is here
Thanks to the new Polestar software update for the Polestar 2 model, which includes Android R (11) for the Android Automotive OS infotainment system, the vehicle intelligently evolves. As an over-the-air (OTA) update, version P2.0 is downloaded remotely and then installed. In this way, Polestar 2 owners can take advantage of new functions and more performance more quickly, as well as make personalizations.
This is already the tenth major OTA software update since the introduction of the Polestar 2, which came up with a total of around 100 improvements. On average, this corresponds to one major OTA update every seven weeks.
The most recent updates included optimizations to the powertrain, the ability to schedule preferred charging times, improvements to the Polestar Digital Key, an eco-climate mode to increase real-world range, and battery preconditioning to optimize charging. According to the manufacturer, more than 90 percent of Polestar 2 owners use the OTA update feature. Software Update 2.0 is scheduled to be rolled out via OTA in stages beginning in early April 2022.
Polestar 2 updates continue
In 2022, the company also plans to push ahead with the introduction of additional apps. For example, the Journey Log app, which was released in February 2022, will also be released in additional markets, such as Germany, in the Google Play Store. The app allows users to export journey logs – a useful feature for those who want to claim travel expenses at work. The Journey Log app is currently already available in the UK, US, Canada, Sweden and Australia.
Making an OTA debut in November 2021 was the Performance Software Upgrade, available for purchase on eligible Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor vehicles in select markets. It is also currently available to lease customers in Germany.
The performance software upgrade offers a sharper driving experience as well as more power and torque. Specifically, the twin-engine powertrain’s output increases to 350 kW and 680 Nm, the sprint time from 0 to 100 km/h is shortened to 4.4 seconds, and in general, the vehicle’s responsiveness is made sportier.
A number of infotainment features have also been introduced for the Polestar 2 in 2021. Most popular with customers are the Vivaldi browser, video player and “A Better Routeplanner” web app, with more than 12,000 downloads each. The company said it also plans to work with partners and developers using Android Automotive OS in the future.