Amazon's popular streaming service, Prime Video, has made its debut on the Polestar 2, adding yet another video streaming platform to the vehicle's versatile operating system (OS). This announcement was made via a press release on Wednesday, marking a significant enhancement in the entertainment options available to Polestar 2 owners.
Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, expressed enthusiasm about the integration, stating, “The successful launch and integration of Android Automotive OS in Polestar 2 has proven that we can leverage the best navigation and voice control in the business to make life with a Polestar easier.” He continued to highlight the growing app ecosystem within the Google Play Store, which now includes a diverse range of interactive and entertainment applications, including YouTube, which was added to the Polestar 2's infotainment system in June.
The Polestar 2 originally launched with Google Android Automotive OS, a software platform that continues to power its vehicles today. Notable additions to its app lineup have included Waze, EasyPark, A Better Route Planner, Range Assistant, Journey Log, and the company's proprietary Performance app, enriching the in-car experience for drivers and passengers alike.
Furthermore, Polestar has included the Vivaldi web browser in the Polestar 2, allowing users to access a variety of entertainment services not currently supported directly by the OS.
In terms of production milestones, Polestar recently celebrated the achievement of manufacturing 150,000 Polestar 2 units since the vehicle's inception in 2020. The automaker has also made strategic plans to adopt Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its charging plugs, with production incorporating these plugs set to commence in the coming spring.
Looking ahead, Polestar is gearing up to inaugurate a new production facility in South Carolina next year, with the Polestar 3 SUV expected to make its debut at this location. This facility will serve as Polestar's second manufacturing hub outside of its primary production facility in China, underlining the brand's commitment to expanding its presence in the electric vehicle market.