Apple CarPlay is now available for Polestar 2 owners after software updates

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Apple’s CarPlay has finally been added to the Polestar 2 sedan via an over-the-air software update, allowing the automaker to reach a huge number of iPhone-wielding car buyers.

A tweet sent out by Polestar on June 6 stated that the update would be released later this month. In a tweet on Wednesday, the corporation informed its followers about the new policy. Later this summer, Volvo’s sibling brand will offer battery-electric SUVs with Apple CarPlay.

Polestar’s departure from Google is significant because of the company’s long-standing ties. Polestar was the first to offer Google’s Android Automotive operating system, open source software that runs on Linux and controls everything from the radio and car settings to navigation and climate management.

Therefore, Polestar has only offered Android Auto, which is not to be confused with the Android Automotive Operating System (ATO). For those who don’t want to use their phones while driving, Android Auto provides a way to display apps and functionalities from their phones on the central display of a car. Using CarPlay, iPhone users may access music and apps, as well as speak with Siri.

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Even though most new electric vehicles are compatible with both Apple and Google’s operating systems, Polestar has been an outlier. Despite the fact that the future Polestar 3 is expected to support CarPlay from the start, CarPlay helps Apple in its battle with Google to become the dashboard’s dominant player.

Earlier this month, Apple gave a sneak peak of its next-generation CarPlay system at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. In a press release, Apple stated the new system will power the vehicle’s whole instrument cluster and allow drivers to modify the screen’s appearance and feel.

Using the data and marketing opportunities that come from the driving experience, both Apple and Google have been working hard to improve their products to better suit the needs of drivers. As digital screens become larger and cellphones integrate with smart home devices, this is more important than ever.

During this time, CarPlay will go through some major changes. CarPlay’s expansion into diagnostics shows that Apple intends for it to serve as an operating system, akin to Android Automotive OS from Google’s standpoint.

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