POLESTAR: New Android-powered HMI to be showcased in Geneva19 February 2020
Polestar says it will continue the cooperation with Google that started with the Polestar 2, the first vehicle on the market powered by Android with built-in Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store.
The two companies have more in store for the future as Polestar seeks to build ‘a truly personalised and contextualised digital experience’ in its vehicles using Android as a platform. According to the Volvo-owned company, the complete vehicle environment will automatically adjust to the user’s personal preferences and last-used applications.
Based on the detected driver profile enabled by the Polestar Digital Key, tailored information will be displayed when the driver approaches. Should the driver consent to it, the system could even proactively offer personalised planning according to driver habits or preferences, or conditions.
A key role in that will be played by the Google Assistant which will act as a co-pilot, using advanced speech technology to expand to more languages, understand local accents and provide more personalised experiences.
Entertainment will stand to gain too as it will become more relevant, not only for drivers. For example, video streaming from popular apps and services will be made available for occupants when the vehicle is parked and during charging.
Polestar says it is committed to avoiding information overload, which is why the company will implement advanced eye-tracking and proximity sensors ‘to deliver information in a controlled manner’.
More specifically, the screens will alter their brightness and content based on conditions and the driver’s reactions. When users glance in their direction, dimmed displays will increase intensity, while the approach of a user’s hand will adapt the presented controls. The HMI will also warn users if they are looking too much at the screen rather than the road ahead.
Another area Polestar will continue to partner with Google is on advanced safety by integrating Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with Google Maps for safer manoeuvres on the road. Polestar will reveal its vision on the HMI exclusively online at 12:00hrs CET at Polestar.com and on the Polestar YouTube channel.