The EV maker Polestar released on Tuesday the P2.2 version of its software introducing the eagerly awaited Apple CarPlay system among other new features. The arrival of the system to the models of the Swedish manufacturer had been confirmed in late May by its CEO, Thomas Ingenlath.
Alongside the integration of the system, the new version also brings improvements to wireless charging for Apple products, preparation for future video streaming apps, and a better read of the road sign information.
Updates in software version P2.2
- Introduction of Apple CarPlay.
- Preparation for future video streaming apps.
- Performance app: acceleration measurement and G-meter for cars with performance software upgrade.
- Front USB ports opened for external device input (e.g. gaming, music, Apple CarPlay).
- Cruise control efficiency improvement regardless of One Pedal Drive setting.
- Improvements to Road Sign Information.
- Improved accuracy for Google Maps destination state of charge (SoC) value .
- Improvements to wireless charging for Apple products.
- Improved efficiency and real-world range.
- Improved behaviour when switching from Adaptive Cruise Control or Pilot Assist to manual driving.
- Bug fix for charging timers, incorrect time format rectified.
As a note, Polestar added that is working on rectifying an issue regarding a late-detected error that may affect some vehicles. The side mirrors may automatically tilt downwards when selecting Reverse, in vehicles where the “mirror tilt in reverse” setting is set to OFF, the company says.
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In late May, Polestar CEO posted on the “Official Polestar Community” group the first images of Apple’s integrated system saying that it would be released “just at the end of Spring”. “I know it took a long time but final testing closing in for release just at the end of Spring. Thanks for being patient,” Thomas Ingenlath said.
On June 6, Apple unveiled during the WWDC 2022 Conference a major update to CarPlay, a smarter and safer way to use the iPhone while driving and is already used in more than 600 different models. The updated version of Apple CarPlay will be formally launched in 2023.
The upcoming version of the integrated system will allow users to adjust air conditioning, seats temperature and the option of Apple Maps to run on the behind-wheel screen, and much more. All of these adding to the already known features like getting directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen music.
Later that day, Polestar reiterated the timeline and announced that the new version will also come to Polestar cars: “Apple CarPlay will come to Polestar 2 as part of an OTA update later this month. We’re also thrilled to announce that the next generation of CarPlay will be coming to Polestar cars in the future,” the company tweeted.
“CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use the iPhone while driving and is already used in more than 600 different models. The integrated system allows the users to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen music, as Apple says. Apps developed by car manufacturers are also supported, so the users can control more features without ever leaving CarPlay,” Apple says.
Earlier today, Polestar and Gores Guggenheim announced that they expect to close their business combination on June 23, subject to Gores Guggenheim stockholder approval. Following the consummation of the business combination, the Swedish EV maker is expected to begin trading on Nasdaq on Friday (June 24) under the new ticker symbol “PSNY.”
Polestar announced on Wednesday that had over 32,000 orders globally for Polestar 2 since the start of 2022, representing a increase of 290% versus the same period in 2021. As the global expansion continues, the swedish electric vehicle maker is now 5 markets away from the plan of being present in 30 countries by end of 2023.
Earlier this week, the company confirmed that will debut the Polestar 5 prototype and the limited-edition Polestar 2 BST edition 270 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 23 June.