Now you can use your smartphone as a digital key, replacing the wireless key fob to unlock and start the car. An over-the-air (OTA) update to the vehicle and an updated version of the Pollstar app is required to use beta functionality.
Pollstar is not the first automaker to replace the key with your phone. Lincoln is aptly namedFacility; Audi’s mobile key is available in some markets; And similar feature of Hyundai is also called . Apple announces iPhone and iOS 14 capabilities The BMW 5 Series debuted last year. And, of course, there is .
The Digital Key feature of the Polstar 2 uses 18 Bluetooth sensors in the interior and exterior of the vehicle to detect the smartphone of the owner running the Polstar app. An encrypted handshake enables the vehicle and device to authenticate and communicate and allows the vehicle to accurately locate the phone’s position.
When an authorized phone is about an access of the car, the user is able to unlock the door, tailgate or charging door and grab a handle. All this happens automatically while the phone is in the user’s pocket, pack or purse. Once the Polstar 2 detects that the car is inside the cabin, the EV can be started and chased away.
Pollstar says that its digital key is more secure than traditional fob. Not using standard radio frequencies, adding encryption and protecting the vehicle against the need for physical range, for example, relay attacks where a thief clones and repeats the wireless fob’s radio identifiers to gain access to a vehicle.
In addition to Digital’s beta beta framework, the Polestar mobile app has gained a bit more functionality when away from Polestar 2. The app can now display the EV’s battery and range status, remotely activate climate predisposition and lock and unlock doors.
The OTA update on the vehicle itself also rolls into some new features and improvements, including new battery pre-heating measures to improve the range, an update has been introduced for how to empty and adjust the phone Connects to the wireless phone charger for. Additional magnetic elements “- most likely, in the iPhone’s new MagSafe charger. And no changelog would be complete without the ambiguous” bug fixes and stability improvements. “
Polestar 2 owners should start looking for digital key OTAs and app updates starting 3 May 2021. Pollstar says that future updates will add more functionality to the app and vehicle.