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Polestar is the First Automaker to Integrate a Web Browser to the Infotainment System

Polestar is the first automaker to add a web browser to its Google-based infotainment system

  • The Vivaldi web browser will be available on the play store for download on the vehicle’s Android Automotive operating system

  • This will allow passengers to search the web directly on the car’s screen, notably while charging

  • The Android Automotive platform will be added to many General Motors, Volvo, Honda, Ford and Stellantis vehicles in the future

Polestar made the Vivaldi web browser available for download over Christmas in order to satisfy a frequent request from owners.

This web browser was created by a team in Norway and it is the first one to be available on the Android Automotive operating system, which should not be confused with Android Auto.

Android Auto is an app that allows the driver’s phone to be controlled through the car’s infotainment system, while Android Automotive is a complete infotainment system on its own.

The Vivaldi browser allows the driver and passengers to access the internet on the car’s screen just as they would on their smartphone or on a desktop. Indeed, it allows streaming services, tabbed browsing and online shopping, while featuring strong security measures.

This is particularly useful in an electric car since it can be used to entertain and occupy the passengers while the battery is charging on a long trip. To prevent driver distraction, the browser is locked out when the vehicle is in motion and streaming content switches to audio only.

As of now, only the Polestar 2, the 2022 Lucid Air and some Volvo models such as the XC40 Recharge are equipped with the Android Automotive infotainment system, but many more will be added soon.

Indeed, in addition to the rest of the Volvo lineup, many new General Motors vehicles will also be equipped by the new Google-developed infotainment system.

The American automaker announced that its upcoming electric models will make use of Android Automotive, so it can be expected in the GMC Hummer EV, the Chevrolet Silverado EV and the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. In addition, certain fossil fueled models will incorporate it as well, such as the 2022 GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Silverado and Chevrolet Suburban.

Honda also announced it will begin using this system from the second half of 2022, while Ford, Lincoln and Stellantis are looking to integrate it starting in 2023.

The Vivaldi browser, which receives over the air updates at the same rate as its desktop and mobile versions, will likely be made available to those vehicles as well.

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