Volvo cars are about to get the best infotainment system in the business thanks to Google.
Since Volvo’s performance brand Polestar became a standalone carmaker, the Swedish company has shown a lot of potential. Its first car, aptly named the Polestar 1, is a sleek 600-hp hybrid coupe, but its next car will be an electric sedan to rival the Tesla Model 3 as Polestar plans to become leaders in electrification.
While the Polestar 2 hasn’t been revealed yet, the automaker is already previewing the electric sedan's new Android infotainment system. A new teaser gives us a first look inside the Polestar 2’s hi-tech interior, showing a large touchscreen with a sleek Android interface. Best of all, you can try it for yourself right now. Simply visit Polestar’s new interactive website here on either a smartphone or tablet, and you can get a sneak preview of Volvo’s first Android infotainment system.
Boot up the app, and you’re greeted with a sleek interface that looks cleaner and more intuitive to navigate than Volvo’s Sensus Connect. The home screen incorporates familiar Google services, such as Google Maps, Google Play, Google Calendar, and voice-controlled Google Assistant. There’s even a fun Space Invaders-style game called "Polestar Space Warp.”
Delve into the vehicle menu, and you can also view the Polestar 2’s driving settings. Here, you can choose between three steering settings (soft, medium, and stiff), three regenerative braking settings (off, medium, or high), and turn the creep mode either on or off. You can also view the range, as well as assists such as the lane keep assist, and collision avoidance.
While we’ve yet to see how it works in the car, what has been shown looks very promising. After the Polestar 2 debuts, all Volvos cars running on the CMA architecture, such as the XC40, will be upgraded to the Android infotainment system. Hopefully, we won’t have too long to wait for the Polestar 2 to break cover now that we've been given an extensive preview of its Android-powered infotainment system. The electric sedan is expected to pack 400 horsepower with a range of around 300 miles.