Polestar 2 OTA update P2.9 is the 15th update is 2020, adds YouTube, expands Range Assistant and Apple CarPlay

    One of the best things about the transition to electric cars is that we didn’t just change drivetrains, but we also completely re-thought what the vehicle experience could and should be.

    Part of the new approach to the vehicle interior design, often includes large displays, often positioned in the center of the console, available to both the driver and passenger.

    The great thing about this interface and the car’s complimentary mobile app is that they get upgraded, over time, to make the ownership experience even better over time.

    Polestar is rollout out a new over-the-air (OTA) software update – P2.9 to all existing Polestar 2 vehicles. This is the 15th software upgrade for Polestar 2 since OTA updates began in 2020.

    The update includes the highly anticipated YouTube app, available to watch while the vehicle is parked, often helping entertain you while charging.

    This update will be pre-installed by default in all newly produced cars as well.

    We know how much our customers look forward to over-the-air upgrades and I am convinced this one will be well received, with notable new features and enhancements.

    YouTube is great for entertainment while charging, and our updated Range Assistant app delivers more accurate predictions and supports an improved driving style. Bringing Apple Maps to the driver display is one of many important updates to Apple CarPlay in Polestar 2.

    Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO,

    A significant update to Polestar’s Range Assistant app now allows drivers to monitor their energy consumption over the previous 20, 40 or 100 km, with real-time information enabling them to adjust their driving style to improve efficiency.

    A revised algorithm for the projected range shown by the app is able to account for changes in environmental and other factors that influence efficiency.

    It is now also possible for the driver to see this real-world related range figure in the driver display, rather than the default range projection that relates to standard certified data.

    Apple CarPlay receives extended functionality in P2.9, including the integration of additional phone and media information on the home screen tile, handling of calls using steering wheel buttons, and projection of calls and Apple Maps into the car’s driver display.

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    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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