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Safety features

Polestar 2 comes equipped with a suite of protective and preventative safety features. Predictive and aware, the safety suite of the Polestar 2 is an ever-present co-pilot, putting the Polestar 2 at the forefront of vehicle safety.

Collision mitigation

Equipped with the latest version of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System, see the Glossary below for more details) technology, the Polestar 2 interprets and analyses its surroundings, prepared to support if necessary. Pilot Assist is a driver assistance system which can be turned on and off, providing acceleration, braking and steering assistance up to 130 km/h. Detection systems for other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists utilise steering assistance and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to help make interactions between the Polestar 2 and everything around it safer.

Pixel LED

The origami-inspired pixel LED headlights of the Polestar 2 feature 84 individually controlled pixel LEDs. These automatically shade out approaching vehicles, maximising visibility and providing the best possible illumination under all conditions.

Battery safety

The Polestar 2 battery does more than provide power. Contained in an aluminium and steel structure for both protection and rigidity, the battery’s design and placement also enables improved handling. It even reduces noise, vibration and harshness. Its high voltage system is automatically disconnected from the rest of the car in the event of a collision, and the presence of the SPOC block (an aluminium block on either side of the frame at the front of the car) reduces the chance of objects entering the cabin and heading for the battery in a partial offset collision.

Front Lower Load Path

This section of the car’s body is designed to absorb energy in a potential frontal crash situation, as an engine would in an internal combustion engine car, helping to reduce risk of battery pack deformation or injury to passengers.

Inner-side airbags

Two airbags, housed in the front seats, individually protect each front occupant from both sides.

The sounds of the Polestar 2

Recognisable, subtle, non-intrusive and natural sounding, the sounds of the Polestar 2 are created by the car’s Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (or AVAS) with the aim of increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists around the Polestar 2. Created in order to improve safety, the sounds are unique without being jarring, a natural and distinctive addition to the soundscape of the outside world. You heard it here first.

The Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology in the Polestar 2 minimises risk of collision or injury, ensuring the safest possible interactions between the Polestar 2 and its surroundings.

It can be easy to miss a road sign while driving. The Polestar 2 has your back: it displays those signs in the driver display. There’s even a speed alert function you can activate, which warns the driver if they exceed the posted speed limit.

In the Polestar 2 it’s possible to choose between Cruise Control and Adaptive Cruise Control, which also adapts to slower vehicles in front, even when coming to a stop.

When Adaptive Cruise Control is activated, Pilot Assist can also be activated. This advanced driver assistance function helps to keep the Polestar 2 in the middle of the lane, with gentle steering inputs, all the way up to 130 km/h (81 mph).

When reversing out of a parking space, with the view blocked by cars parked on either side, radars in the rear bumper check for approaching vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, from up to 30 metres away.

Manoeuvring or parking in tight spaces can be difficult. In situations like that, the Polestar 2 provides a top-down view of the situation, on the centre display.

Using the cameras and radar, this preventative system helps to steer the Polestar 2 if it calculates that the car will go off the road. Active day and night, from 65 km/h to 140 km/h, the function can provide automatic steering assistance to steer the car back onto the road. In more severe lane departures, a short brake pulse will be added. The driver can override the steering assistance at any time.

The Blind Spot Information System warns the driver of vehicles in the Polestar 2's blind spots with an orange marker in each side mirror. If the driver attempts to change lanes, using the turn signal, the marker will flash to warn against doing so. If the driver continues to change lanes, steering input will be automatically applied in order to avoid the collision.

Four ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers tell you how close you are to an obstacle, when manoeuvring slowly or parking. The distance is shown graphically on the big centre display and an intermittent warning sound increases in frequency the closer the car gets to the obstacle.

Detection systems for other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists utilise steering assistance and autonomous emergency braking (AEB), along with incrementally tightening seatbelts, to minimise risk of collision or injury.

Active between 65 km/h and 200 km/h, this system course-corrects the Polestar 2 if it comes close to crossing a lane marking, both by alerting the driver with vibrations in the steering wheel and automatically steering back to the centre of the lane. It can be turned on and off via the central display.

Fatigue, distraction, and a lack of concentration while driving can have serious consequences. The Driver Alert Control system sends audio and visual cues to the driver when it detects that they may be tired or otherwise distracted, which it determines by measuring where the car is in relation to the lane markings. These cues are an audio chime, and a coffee cup symbol in the driver display, along with directions to the nearest rest stop via Google Maps.

This is a cloud-based system that uses real-time information about coming road conditions, if the vehicles ahead have activated their hazard lights, and whether or not the approaching road surface is slippery. Not only does this keep the Polestar 2 driver informed and prepared, it also transmits this data to other connected cars, creating greater safety and increased awareness. 

If a collision occurs in which the airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners have been deployed, the brakes automatically activate, preventing any further damage to the Polestar 2 and its surroundings.

If a vehicle approaches from behind and there’s a risk of collision, the Polestar 2 tries to get the driver’s attention by flashing all indicators at a high rate. It also incrementally tightens the seatbelts and activates full auto-braking.

The Polestar 2 provides autonomous pre-braking in the event of an imminent collision to ensure the most efficient braking possible. It also supplements the driver’s braking if it determines that it won’t be enough to avoid the collision.

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