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Polestar's New Infotainment System Is Beyond Impressive

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Mainly because Google made it.

Android Auto is one of our favorite new car features because it allows in-car infotainment systems to mimic what we experience on our smartphones. Automakers are often criticized because their infotainment systems aren't as useful, powerful, or intuitive as a smartphones' user interface, which are sold at a fraction of the cost of a brand-new car. And while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are a step in the right direction, Polestar has taken an even bigger leap with its all-electric Polestar 2's infotainment system.

This all-electric Tesla Model 3 fighter will come with the first ever Android-powered infotainment system built right into the dashboard. Although the car isn't on sale in the US just yet, Polestar has already made the system available for download so you can familiarize yourself with it on your smartphone or tablet.

Google is hosting its I/O developer conference in San Fransisco, California this week, where the new Polestar infotainment system will be heavily featured. This a big deal in both the automotive and technology sectors because this new system will highly updatable and customizable. Polestar has even created a dedicated website where developers can build apps and tools for the OS to make the in-car experience even better.

"The Android platform which we have introduced in Polestar 2 has so much potential for innovation that we immediately identified the chance to engage with the developer community," Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said. "Together with Google, our own digital team has created an exciting interface in the car, and we know that this system will enable great opportunities. We look forward to inspiring new ideas that could make the digital experience in Polestar 2 even better."

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A glimpse at the press photos Polestar published shows us that this new infotainment system could be received well in the luxury segment. The design is clean and well laid out and there already appears to be an abundance of apps available on the Google Play Store for podcasts and music streaming. Polestar may just be a new brand, but the Swedish automaker looks like it's jumping out of the gate quickly by offering such an excellent infotainment system.