Sharing expertise with Volvo Cars, Polestar 3 is built on almost 100 years of ground-breaking safety development. Designed with the latest structural innovations and advanced driver assistance systems, it’s at the forefront of protective and preventive technology. 

Polestar 3 body skeleton on a yellow background.

LiDAR from Luminar

The LiDAR system scans the environment to create a 3D understanding of the car’s surroundings, further enhancing its driver assistance capabilities. It uses laser technology to identify objects up to 250 metres away, even in darkness and poor weather conditions.

Available as an upgrade.

NVIDIA core computer on grey background.

NVIDIA computer

The LiDAR upgrade includes an additional NVIDIA DRIVE Orin™ core computer. Able to handle 254 trillion operations per second, it’s more than capable of processing the visual and sensory input needed for advanced driver assistance functions.

Top part of the Polestar 3 seen from above with 3 white dots to mark the position of the additional cameras.

Additional cameras

Besides the LiDAR unit, this upgrade includes three extra high-resolution cameras. Two are are placed in the door mirror arms, complementing the standard surround view cameras to enhance rearward vision. A third camera is added to the SmartZone, extending the car’s forward vision.

Zoom in on one of the cameras.

Camera cleaning

All three additional cameras include an automatic cleaning function, ensuring optimal vision regardless of weather or road conditions.


As Polestar 3 doesn’t need a grille, it’s replaced by the SmartZone, containing cameras, sensors and a radar. It enables the car to see things the driver sometimes can’t and detect potentially dangerous situations.

Polestar 3 seen from above with white marks indicating the interior radars and cameras.

Interior radars and cameras

Two infrared cameras track the driver’s eyes, and four motion-sensing radars monitor the car’s interior. The cameras can detect signs of fatigue or drowsiness, even through glasses. The radars help ensure that no children or pets are left in the car unintentionally. Both features work without storing information.

Driver Monitoring System

To help avoid a collision due to distraction, fatigue or sickness, the Driver Monitoring System tracks the driver’s eyelids, gaze, and head movement. Upon detecting any abnormalities, the system issues an audible and visible warning, ready to initiate an emergency stop procedure if there’s no significant response.

Dashboard showing Driver Monitoring System panel.

Occupant Detection System

When leaving the car, four motion-sensing radars scan the cabin. The tiniest movement will stop the doors from locking and trigger a warning that a child or pet may still be inside. If this is intentional, Polestar 3 can be locked while the climate system stays active.

Occupant Detection System popup on centre display.

Blind Spot Information System

If a vehicle is about to pass Polestar 3, the Blind Spot Information System alerts the driver with a warning light integrated in the frameless mirrors. If the system senses that the driver intends to switch lanes, the steer assist function guides Polestar 3 back into its lane.

Exit assist

The Blind Spot Information System in Polestar 3 detects and warns occupants when objects such as pedestrians, bicycles, and other vehicles are approaching from the rear. To caution against exiting, the frameless mirror closest to the detected motion will flicker with an LED indicator. An added audible signal is made if any doors are presently opened.

Forward collision avoidance

Day or night, in all conditions, Polestar 3 monitors the surrounding environment using an array of sensors and advanced technology. When it detects pedestrians, cyclists, or traffic anomalies at intersections, the car warns the driver. If the driver doesn't brake in time, the car brakes automatically to avoid or mitigate the potential impact.

Lane departure prevention

Lane Keeping Aid

If Lane Keeping Aid senses that the car is about to cross a lane marking without using the indicators, it gently steers the car back into its lane. If this fails to correct the issue, it alerts the driver by vibrating the steering wheel. 

Lane departure prevention

Run-off Road Mitigation

Keep the rubber on the road. If Polestar 3 strays towards the road shoulder, Run-off Road Mitigation helps steer the car back. If the car still manages to leave the road surface, it applies the brakes and prepares the seat belts for potential impact. 

Parking assistance

Polestar 3 uses cameras and ultrasonic sensors to help navigate parking spaces. Its wide-angle parking cameras also make it easier to manoeuvre in narrow streets and around sharp corners. The car warns the driver of potential hazards, and can also take preventative action when needed.

360° camera with 3D view

When manoeuvring at low speeds, Polestar 3 shows a bird’s-eye view of its surroundings. Park Assist uses 360° ultrasonic sensors and wide-angle cameras to measure the distance to obstacles at the front and rear of the car, and warns the driver visually and audibly to avoid collisions.

Available as an upgrade.

Park Assist Pilot

Park Assist Pilot allows Polestar 3 to detect suitable parking spaces at speeds up to 30 km/h and guide itself into the one selected on the centre display. The system can handle parallel, perpendicular, or diagonal parking, as long as the driver is present.

Available as an upgrade.

Cross Traffic Alert with auto-brake

When reversing out of a driveway, parking space or around a corner, Cross Traffic Alert uses Polestar 3’s rear radars to scan for approaching cars, cyclists, and pedestrians. Following visible and audible warnings, the auto-brake engages to stop the vehicle if there is a risk of a collision.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control adjusts the car’s speed to the pace of traffic, constantly monitoring the vehicle in front to maintain a safe distance. This feature works at speeds up to 180km/h, where legally permitted.

Pilot Assist

Using the same camera and radar as Adaptive Cruise Control, this feature can detect if Polestar 3 moves too close to the lane markings. Working at speeds up to 150 km/h (where permitted), it keeps the car centred in the driving lane by making gentle steering adjustments when necessary.

Available as an upgrade.

Lane change assist

Extending the functionality of Pilot Assist, Lane change assist allows Polestar 3 to guide itself into the adjacent driving lane. All the driver has to do is move the indicator stalk fully up or down, and the car will only proceed if the system’s camera and radars indicate it’s safe.

Available as an upgrade.

Road Sign Information

A car that sees the signs. Even when the driver doesn’t. The Road Sign Information system detects and displays speed limit and other road signs in the instrument panel.

Intelligent lighting

Providing optimal illumination in any situation, the adaptive lighting technology of Polestar 3 enhances the level of safety and the driving experience.

1.3 megapixel HD LED

These optional headlights automatically adapt their intensity, spread, and beam level to the car’s surroundings via 1.3 million tiny adjustable mirrors. The mirror modules can also shade out oncoming vehicles, focusing the beam on darker road parts to reduce glare.

Available as an upgrade.

Active High Beam

The advanced Active High Beam system detects both oncoming traffic and cars in front of Polestar 3, automatically switching to low beam to avoid blinding other drivers.

Rear light warning sequence

Polestar 3 actively works towards improving the safety of all drivers. If the brake pedal is depressed very quickly, the onboard systems sense a possible emergency and the rear lights automatically show a warning sequence.

Acoustic Vehicle Alert System

An unobtrusive way to let pedestrians and cyclists know that Polestar 3 is approaching or reversing. Using three external speakers, the Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) generates unique, distinctive sounds that help the car make itself heard, increasing safety for vulnerable road users. 


Forward alerting sound

Post-impact protection

A well-designed body structure is crucial when it comes to safety. Polestar 3’s passenger compartment is equipped with 9 airbags, and constructed using ultra-high strength steel. The car’s front and rear crumple zones use a mix of materials to absorb and dissipate energy, protecting occupants in impact situations.

Top down image of the vehicle with the airbags expanded.

Post-impact braking

Post-impact braking reduces the risk of serious injury or damage to the vehicle, as well as the severity of a potential secondary collision. When the airbags and the seatbelt pretensioners are deployed during an impact, on-board sensors signal the brakes to bring the car to a controlled standstill, reducing the after-effects of the impact. 

In the overhead console, the interface shows the emergency direct assistance setting.

Direct assistance

The overhead console includes two buttons that can make direct calls in case of a breakdown or an accident. The Connect button is used to reach Polestar Assistance for events like a flat battery, or a puncture. The SOS button is intended for emergency situations such as accidents. In case of a severe accident, Polestar 3 automatically calls for help.

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