Polestar is finally adding Apple CarPlay to its Polestar 2 all-electric sedan via an over-the-air software update, opening up the automaker to a wide range of iPhone-owning car buyers.
Polestar said in a tweet on June 6 that it will release the update later this month. The company posted an update on Wednesday noting the change. Volvo subsidiary brand will include Apple CarPlay in its electric SUVs this summer.
The move is notable because Polestar is closely tied to Google. Polestar was the first company to offer Operating system Google Android Automotivean open source operating system that runs on Linux and is used as the base operating system to control everything from radio and car settings to navigation and climate control.
As a result, Polestar only offers Android Auto, which should not be confused with Android Automotive OS. Like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto is an optional interface that sits on top of the operating system and allows users to project certain apps and features from their smartphone onto the car’s center display. CarPlay allows iPhone users to change music, use apps, and communicate through Siri.
While most new EVs are compatible with both Apple and Google systems, Polestar has held back. (Although his upcoming Polestar 3 will most likely include CarPlay from the very beginning.) The addition of Carplay advances Apple’s ambition to beat Google in the race for dashboard dominance.
The announcement followed Apple’s preview of its next generation CarPlay system this month at the 2022 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. The iPhone maker said the new system will power the car’s entire dashboard and give drivers multiple ways to customize the screen’s appearance.
Both Apple and Google are finding more ways to leverage the driver experience, including the data and marketing opportunities it generates. This is especially true as digital screens get bigger and smartphones start to triangulate with smart home devices.
Meanwhile, CarPlay is about to undergo a dramatic metamorphosis. The expansion of vehicle diagnostics suggests that Apple intends to use CarPlay as an operating system similar to Google’s Android Automotive OS.
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