Sweden’s Polestar has announced that it Polestar 2 EV now comes with new digital key technology (beta), allowing owners to use their connected smartphone as a supplement to the traditional key fob. In addition, the latest Over-the-Air (OTA) update includes the activation of new integrated vehicle functionality (beta) within the Polestar app.
The latest app update includes new battery pre-heating measures to improve range, a revision to the way distance to empty (DTE) is shown, with a more linear algorithm, and an adaptation to the wireless phone charger for newer phones with additional magnetic elements – amongst other bug fixes and stability improvements.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, says: “The Polestar Digital Key is one of our most anticipated features, because the convenience of not having to carry a physical key is invaluable. Being able to use your phone as the key makes sense especially in an age where our phones take care of most of our daily needs already, and it’s the one device you always carry with you.”
He adds: “The updated Polestar app now brings extra convenience to owning a Polestar 2. The simple action of being able to pre-heat or cool the cabin remotely is something we know adds huge value to the everyday experience and we know Polestar 2 owners have been eagerly awaiting this functionality. Of course, more functionality will be released in the future and we see great potential for the continued digital experience in Polestar 2.”
Polestar is the independent Swedish premium electric performance car brand founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding. Established in 2017, the company is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and its vehicles are available and on the road in ten global markets across Europe and North America, and in China.
In 2021, Polestar is expanding into eight new markets across Europe and Asia Pacific.