Potentially, the technology could advance to support autonomous parking.
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.
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."
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.