Polestar 2 Software Update Brings Wave of New Apple CarPlay Features

Swedish automaker Polestar today announced that it is releasing a software update to all existing Polestar 2 vehicles to add new Apple CarPlay features, including full-screen Apple Maps in the driver display.

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Polestar and its parent brand Volvo, which announced this update a couple of weeks ago, appear to be the second automaker to support display of ‌Apple Maps‌ and navigation information projected from ‌CarPlay‌ in the driver display. BMW was the first automaker to include the extended CarPlay feature in its Polestar 2 rival, the BMW i4, in 2021.

Some vehicles with Apple ‌CarPlay‌ already feature limited turn-by-turn directional information fed from ‌Apple Maps‌ on the driver display, but full integration of ‌Apple Maps‌ into the instrument cluster is still very uncommon.

The P2.9 over-the-air update also brings additional phone and media information from Apple ‌CarPlay‌ to to the Polestar 2's home screen tile, support for managing phone calls in Apple ‌CarPlay‌ using the steering wheel buttons, and projection of calls in the driver display.

In addition, the update includes improvements to Polestar's Range Assistant app and the introduction of an integrated YouTube app. The new ‌CarPlay‌ experience and the YouTube app will be installed by default on all newly produced cars.

Apple ‌CarPlay‌ in the Polestar 2 remains wired only, with no support for wireless ‌CarPlay‌. The Polestar 2 also does not support Apple's EV routing and state of charge integration features, as offered on the Ford Mustang Mach E and Porsche Taycan.

Update: Updated to note that Volvo also announced these features with the same software version.

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Top Rated Comments

NotAdvisable Avatar
10 months ago
I'm going to say it...

... I wish Tesla did this.

I've loved using Tesla's built-in navigation system - I truly think it's industry leading - but Apple's CarPlay truly ties in everything from an iPhone into a car. Have also had some slight issues with Spotify on Tesla, and it would be great to at least have more than one option available.
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coffeemilktea Avatar
10 months ago
This is such great news for the half-dozen or so people who have one. :cool:
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ApplePhy Avatar
10 months ago
I've had my long range dual motor Polestar 2 for 1.5 years now, and I absolutely love it.

Minimalist, Scandinavian design inside and out.
Driving dynamics are so fun, the thing handles so well.

Didn't have to deal with dealerships, as you purchase your car on the website (no dealer markups, no BS), direct to consumer.

It's also a hatch, so love the functionality of it as well. Ground clearance is pretty good at 5.9inches (actually more than a Mach E).

And for those that love OPD (one pedal drive), it has the strongest one in the business, and brake calibration/integration is also the best in the business.

I was so waiting for CarPlay to arrive a few OTA updates ago, but honestly i rarely use it. the car's integration with AAOS is so good that i prefer the system's native OS. 'Hey Google' works so much better than SIRI, and is so well integrated into the car's system. Not to mention google maps gives an excellent range estimate on destinations, and % left on return.

I might give it a go after OTA 2.9, now that the maps display is in the driver information display behind the steering wheel, but really happy with AAOS.

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ersan191 Avatar
10 months ago
Man, my next car might be a Polestar instead of a Tesla at this rate.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scheinderrob Avatar
10 months ago
better than junky, buggy tesla software.
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nathan_reilly Avatar
10 months ago

Volvo announced this before Polestar, making Volvo the second maker to include this and Polestar the third.

this is all well and good, and Polestar may argue the point, but Volvo = Polestar. Its just rebranding!

Edit: just for more fun facts, in 2009 there was a "Volvo C30 Polestar Concept"
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