Polestar Just Made Parking A Lot Easier

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Potentially, the technology could advance to support autonomous parking.

Polestar hasn't had the best encounters with the press lately, after the Polestar 2 was recalled twice in a single month, first for a software issue, and later, over faulty inverters.

But here's a much-needed bright spot: Polestar has announced it's teamed up with digital parking technology company EasyPark to develop a new app that makes parking the electric sedan a lot easier. In Europe, the EasyPark parking app will be integrated into the Polestar 2's Android infotainment system, making parking about as hassle-free as it gets. Using the app, Polestar 2 owners will be able to pay for parking without having to visit a parking meter or fiddle around with a smartphone.

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A clever "autostop" feature automatically ends the parking session when the car leaves the parking spot, ensuring the driver never overpays. And in the future, the app might even provide a fully autonomous parking experience when used with a self-driving car.

"By letting the app run on the car itself, we get a new range of possibilities," says EasyPark CEO Johan Birgersson. "We are thrilled to add our expertise to the Polestar 2, and to be part of the journey towards a larger degree of driving automation. Our goal is to make parking as easy as possible so that people can enjoy city life to its fullest."

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Maurus Haefliger, Head of Partnerships at EasyPark, added: "This changes the car fundamentally and makes it similar to a smartphone in how it can be used. The integration does not only alter the experience of the user but means a disruption of the automotive industry."

The EasyPark app is available to download in the Polestar 2 from the Google Play Store, wherever it's available. Notably, though, that excludes the US, where the Polestar 2 is set to begin deliveries soon. It remains to be seen whether the new electric sedan will partner with a similar app in that market.

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