Google I/O: developer reactions
We're excited about the Polestar 2 for a lot of reasons. One of the biggest is its operating system: Android Automotive with Google Maps, the Google Assistant, and Google Play Store, standard in every Polestar car from here on out.
I've never seen a system like this. Fantastic, large icons, the maps don't distract you. This is the way it's going to be, it has to.
We figured developers would be excited too. This represents a new stage in digital in-car experiences, with an operating system that is both native to the car and future-proof. This is like the Klondike before the prospectors starting showing up. There’s gold in this here operating system.
So we took it to Google I/O, to let developers test its functionality for themselves. We also built a developer portal and a Polestar Emulator to let them see exactly how their code would work in the Polestar 2. Here are some of their reactions:
“I’ve never seen a system like this. Fantastic, large icons, the maps don’t distract you. This is the way it’s going to be, it has to.”
–Harjot Singh, Zaio front end developer
“It’s a really clean, intuitive design. Easy to get to the most-used functions.”
–Antti Turunen, Nitor senior software architect
“The four-tile system is better than what a lot of other manufacturers are offering. It’s so much easier to use than a scroll wheel or touchpad. It’s nice to see (Polestar) avoiding squeezing in a ton of functions into the home screen.”
–Zhang Zhiguang, San Jose State University design student
“It’s exciting to see (the OS in the Polestar 2), because the Android ecosystem is so open. This is the future.”
–Christopher Ellwood, Mindbody developer
“What [Polestar] has done is very smart, design-wise. You don’t actually need that many functions while driving.”
–Riku Kalander, Nitor software engineer
Polestar at the Met Gala
Few things occupy the space where design, art, and innovation meet as naturally as fashion. The runway is a known environment for true experimentation, showcasing new techniques, materials, and design philosophies to audiences eager to see what’s next and what’s still in the realm of fantasy. The Met Gala, colloquially known as “fashion’s big night out”, is where the who’s who of this world congregate. And to meet up at this meeting of minds, participants took another thing that’s perfectly at home in the middle of the Venn diagram of design, art, and innovation: Polestar 2.
Global soundscapes with Lisa Nordström
The Polestar universe is one of precision. Materials, colours, sizes, angles, they're all given what some might consider an obsessive amount of attention. This is done, in part, because one often uses more than one sense when experiencing things. It's true of the products. It's true of the brand. And it's true of the spaces.
2's Day with Polestar 2
2's Day. Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022. Or, more satisfyingly: 22/02/22. Given that it will take another 200 years for the next occurrence of this type (and it looks like February 22nd, 2222, will actually fall on a Friday), we figured there was no better time to look at our own number 2.