Polestar, Volvo’s performance sub-brand, is bringing a new electric concept vehicle to this year’s Geneva Motor Show. This year, the representatives of Volvo didn’t focus on new and flashy performance specs. They talked about two different topics: the sustainable materials that the car was built from and the brand new integration with the Android Automotive operating system designed by Google.
Android Automotive – Your Friend While on the Road
The car is called the Polestar Precept. Volvo stated that the name was chosen to emphasize the role of the vehicle in setting out Polestar’s intent as a contemporary electric performance brand. In their press release, Polestar wrote that their new model is a manifesto of many things to come – a declaration if you say.
Polestar’s Vision – The New Precept Sedan
Thomas Ingenlath, who is a designer and CEO of Polestar, claimed that this is not a dream for the distant future. This car previews future vehicles and shows precisely how we can adapt and use innovation to minimize environmental impact. On that note, Polestar has laid some of the Precepts’ green bona fides. They said that the seatbacks and interior panels are made out of “flax-based composites.” Such materials account for an 80 percent reduction in plastic waste and a 50 percent weight reduction. The seats of the new Precept have been 3D-knitted from recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles). The seat’s cushioning, also known as bolsters and headrest, are made from recycled cork vinyl.
Google’s Android Automotive OS Integration
Polestar is also teasing their fans with the statement that they want to deepen the integration of Google’s Android Automotive OS. They already plan to be the first automaker to ship a vehicle with Google’s embedded OS. It’s a phone-free, more expansive, and definitely more modern version of Android Auto. They want to open up new possibilities for the car, beyond the already available adjustment of seats, mirrors, entertainment settings, and climate to the personal driver’s preferences.
What does this mean? For one thing, the new Percept would recognize the driver as they approach the car and automatically ready their favorite settings and applications.