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.
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
Hot Wheels Legends Tour: LA edition
Pacific highways, palm trees, and bubblegum pink hot rods. There's nothing quite like the Los Angeles leg of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour. But what happens when you cross a futuristic fantasy-concept supercar with one of California's most colorful and vibrant car exhibitions? We took the Polestar Synergy stateside to find out.