August 29, 2023
All-electric Swedish automaker Polestar has announced that it will use Mobileye’s hands-off, eyes-off Chauffeur tech on its Polestar 4 model.
The coupe-SUV, which just went on sale in China, will become the first vehicle in the world to offer Chauffeur – although it will not be made available at launch.
Instead, the first Polestar 4 models will come with Mobileye’s SuperVision ADAS (advanced driver assistance system), which will lay the foundation for the more advanced tech to be utilized at a time that is yet to be confirmed further down the line.
Chauffeur will be integrated into the Polestar 4 by ECARX, and is promised to deliver “hands-off and eyes-off, point-to-point autonomous driving on highways, as well as eyes-on automated driving for other environments, in identified operational design domains.”
Both SuperVision and Chauffeur feature Israeli company Mobileye’s EyeQ systems-on-a-chip, 360-degree surround camera system, and Mobileye Roadbook mapping. This allows the Polestar 4 to offer features such as autonomous lane changing, highway and traffic jam assist, front and rear collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control.
However, Chauffeur upgrades SuperVision with the newest EyeQ6 system-on-a-chip along with next-generation radar and lidar sensors, which will provide additional self-driving functionality.
At this stage, it is unclear how much Polestar intends to charge for Chauffeur or when it will be made available, although we do know that global sales for the Polestar 4 are set to follow China in 2024.
“We are very keen to push innovation in our performance electric vehicles together with Mobileye,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar’s CEO. “We know that driving yourself is not always fun and exciting – this technology means our customers could enable autonomous driving when they want, making all future journeys enjoyable.”
Prof. Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Mobileye added: “Mobileye Chauffeur will offer consumers a safer, accessible way to enjoy autonomous vehicles as the next revolution in personal transportation. It’s the pinnacle of two decades of our experience applying AI in more than 150 million vehicles worldwide.”
The Polestar 4 is described by the company as combining “distinct design elements from the Polestar Precept concept with the aerodynamic lines of a coupe and the space and comfort of a modern SUV.” It will be positioned between the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 in terms of size and price.
The Polestar 3 SUV was revealed last year and is built on a different platform from the 4. It features its own suite of ADAS and tech that will facilitate future autonomous driving.
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