In addition to its new Polestar app, the Volvo-owned automotive brand has given the Polestar 2 electric vehicle a new over-the-air update.
According to CNET Roadshow, the Polestar 2 EV now allows customers to use their smartphones as a Digital Key to their electric vehicles, outshining the method of unlocking and starting their cars with a wireless key fob. The Swedish automotive brand requires an over-the-air update on the vehicle, as well as the latest update of its Polestar app in order for users to access the beta feature.
A total of 18 Bluetooth sensors around and within the car’s exterior and interior are utilized by Polestar 2’s Digital Key. Through running Polestar’s app, these are what allow the detection of users’ designated smartphones. Moreover, a coded handshake lets both mobile device and vehicle communicate with and authenticate each other, thus giving the EV the ability to track its owner’s phone’s precise location.
A user can unlock their Polestar 2 car doors, tailgate, and charging door by the simple grab of a handle, provided that an authorized phone is within an approximate arm’s-reach distance from the vehicle. This process takes place automatically as long as the car owner has their phone on hand. As soon as the EV detects that the vehicle is inside the cabin, the Polestar 2 can then be started and driven as needed.
A safer switch
Polestar’s Digital Key is claimed by the company to be even more reliable than the standard fob. Since it doesn’t operate with standard radio frequency, physical range requirement and the addition of encryption safeguard owned vehicles from unwanted incidents such as relay attacks.
Besides the beta framework for the Polestar Digital Key, the brand’s enhanced mobile app now sports better functionality even when at a distance from its designated vehicle. Its app has been upgraded to display its user’s EV range status and battery, lock and unlock its doors, and manipulate climate preconditioning.
OTA updates on the actual Polestar 2 EV include a number of improvements besides honorable “bug fixes and stability improvements”; battery pre-heating measures for range improvement, updated DTE presentation, and some modifications to its wireless phone charger that will allow compatibility with phones possessing “additional magnetic elements” (anticipated to be devices accommodated by the iPhone’s latest MagSafe charger).
Owners of the Polestar 2 can expect these app and Digital Key OTA updates by May 3, 2021. According to Polestar, there are more upcoming improvements in line to for both EV and app.
As more EV companies make the switch to digital car keys, more EV owners are having to stay in even more frequent contact with their phones. Those whose electric vehicles already support virtual keys will want to keep their mobile devices’ sanitation and battery life in top condition as much as possible, and that can be done with a PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger or MOVIC UV Phone Sanitizer.