Polestar, the renowned Swedish EV performance brand, has entered into a collaboration with Mobileye, owned by Intel, to introduce genuine autonomous driving capabilities to its vehicles.
The company disclosed on Friday that its Polestar 4 compact crossover will come equipped with Mobileye’s advanced SuperVision automated driver-assist system, and eventually, an even more sophisticated system known as Chauffeur.
The SuperVision system will be available in the Polestar 4 as soon as sales begin. Capable of managing a range of road and traffic conditions in hands-free mode, the system still necessitates that the driver keeps constant watch over the road and be prepared to intervene if required. Consequently, the system is categorized as Level 2 in the SAE self-driving capability scale.
The specific functionalities of SuperVision encompass the car’s ability to adhere to the driver-selected navigation route, execute lane changes, and overtake slower vehicles on multi-lane highways. Moreover, SuperVision can facilitate certain parking scenarios.
In the scale of autonomous driving, Level 3 is the first instance where brief, intermittent periods of road-monitoring freedom are granted to the driver. Level 4 allows the driver to abstain from monitoring for longer durations, albeit under restricted conditions. The pinnacle, Level 5, represents a system with the capacity to match human driving proficiency.
Polestar has announced plans to integrate the more sophisticated Chauffeur system into its 4 crossover in the forthcoming years. This system will facilitate eyes-off highway driving, although specific conditions were not outlined by Polestar. Mercedes-Benz has already implemented a Level 3 system for highways, known as Drive Pilot, which operates within particular regions and speed limits.
Other Zhejiang Geely brands like Zeekr are also in collaboration with Mobileye on autonomous driver-assist technology. Brands within the Volkswagen Group, including Porsche, are similarly planning to employ Mobileye’s technology.
The China-built Polestar 4 is slated to initiate sales later this year in China, and will be introduced in the U.S. next year as a 2025 model. Polestar has previously hinted at a starting price near $60,000.
Interestingly, the Polestar 3 mid-size SUV, expected next year, will not feature Mobileye’s technology, as it is built on a platform distinct from the 4. Polestar, however, conveyed its intention to eventually incorporate Mobileye’s technology into a broader range of its vehicles.
Polestar’s CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, expressed in a statement that autonomous driving technology will provide customers the flexibility to engage self-driving when desired, thus enhancing the enjoyment of future journeys.
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The collaboration between Polestar and Intel-owned Mobileye is focused on integrating genuine autonomous driving capabilities into Polestar’s vehicles. The Polestar 4 compact crossover will be equipped with Mobileye’s SuperVision automated driver-assist system, and eventually, a