Polestar is finally adding Apple CarPlay to its all-electric Polestar 2 sedan via an over-the-air software update, opening up the automaker to a larger group of car buyers who run the iPhone.
Pollstar said in a tweet on June 6 that it would release the update later this month. The company tweeted an update on Wednesday in view of the change. Its Volvo sister brand will be adding Apple CarPlay to its battery-electric SUV later this summer.
The move is notable as Polestar has been deeply tied to Google. Polestar was the first company to offer Google’s Android automotive operating system, an open source operating system that runs on Linux and is used as the underlying operating system to control everything from radio and vehicle settings to navigation and climate control. is done.
As a result, Polestar only offered Android Auto, which should not be confused with Android Automotive OS. like apple carplay, Android Auto is a secondary interface that sits on top of an operating system and lets users project certain apps and tasks from their smartphone onto the vehicle’s center display. CarPlay allows iPhone users to change music, use apps, and communicate via Siri.
While most new EVs come compatible with systems from both Apple and Google, the Polestar was a hold out. (Though the upcoming Polestar 3 is likely to include CarPlay from the start.) The addition of CarPlay furthers Apple’s quest to beat Google in the race to dominate the dashboard.
The announcement follows Apple’s preview of its next-generation CarPlay system at the 2022 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference this month. The iPhone maker said the new system will power the vehicle’s entire instrument cluster, and give drivers multiple ways to customize the look and feel of the screen.
Both Apple and Google are exploring more ways to take advantage of 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. Expanding into vehicle diagnostics suggests that Apple intended CarPlay to act as an operating system, similar to Google’s Android Automotive OS.