A joint venture with Google is paying dividends already.
The Polestar 2 is just one of a slew of upcoming electric cars that we're seriously excited about. Among other things, it will be one of the safest electric vehicles ever. We've also seen that it will out-tow a Tesla Model 3, although it will cost more to buy. Nevertheless, we're not here to talk about which of the two electric cars is better. What we are here to talk about is the latest innovation that the Polestar will debut. It is set to be the first car in the world to feature an Android-powered infotainment system and will feature various Google apps and services built-in, with the Swedish manufacturer aiming to revolutionize the concept of in-car media.
This is especially useful since the Polestar 2 will also boast three years of internet access included in the purchase price, but those who lease the car will also benefit from the feature. Because Google Assistant is integrated into the car, various apps that are Google-based can also be accessed via voice control, making it easier to listen to the radio, audiobooks, podcasts, and of course, music.
Polestar lists a number of supported apps, including podcast apps such as Castbox and Pocket Casts, the library app Libby, online radio applications iHeartRadio, Swedish Radio Play, and NRK Radio, Bauer Media Audio's Magic Radio and Radioplayer apps, and popular streaming app, Spotify.
With a Google-based infotainment system taking center stage in the new offering from the Swedish automaker, it's interesting to note that Apple CarPlay will be included, and thanks to internet access and the operating system, it will be possible to continually update the infotainment system's software. Whatever happens in the future, the interface seems very attractive and we expect that the user-friendliness factor will be a big part of the innovation's success. Even so, this makes yet another car that shuns physical buttons, and if that voice control system isn't on point, it may cause more frustration than convenience. Fingers crossed, then.