Electric Vehicle Maker Polestar Announces CarPlay Support

Polestar, the Volvo-backed electric vehicle manufacturer, today announced that the latest wireless update to the Polestar 2 adds CarPlay support, allowing iPhone users to easily access frequently used apps from the dashboard, complete with Siri control.

Polestar CarPlay
The addition of CarPlay to the Polestar 2 is interesting as the car’s infotainment system is powered by Android Automotive, a full-stack operating system that runs directly on the hardware in the vehicle. Android Automotive should not be confused with Google’s eponymous CarPlay competitor Android Auto.

In a tweetPolestar said the over-the-air software update is being rolled out to customers incrementally, noting that the update is also available for installation in Polestar workshops. It is not clear when the rollout will be completed.

CarPlay is available in more than 600 vehicle models from dozens of automakers, according to Apple, but some of the most popular electric vehicle brands, such as Tesla, Rivian and Lucid Motors, are not yet required to support the feature in their vehicles.

At WWDC 2022 earlier this month, Apple previewed the “next generation” of CarPlay, which includes support for multiple displays in a vehicle and direct integration with a vehicle’s speedometer, fuel gauge, air conditioning and heating climate controls, and more.

Apple said the first vehicles to support the new CarPlay experience will be announced in late 2023, with dedicated automakers including Ford, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Honda, Acura, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi, Nissan, Volvo, Porsche and Lake. Apple said it would share additional information about the new CarPlay experience in the future.

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