Polestar confirms SUV for 2022
Premium electric brand Polestar has confirmed that its next model will be a SUV, with production of the Polestar 3 due to commence in 2022.
The new model will join the Polestar 2 electric hatchback model, and the company said the Polestar 3 will “debut the new generation of electric vehicle architecture from Volvo Car Group, which has been designed from scratch for full electrification”.
According to the brand, the “aerodynamic electric performance SUV will feature industry-leading connectivity features based on Google’s native Android Automotive OS infotainment system, as well as high-end, safety-focused autonomous driving features”.
More details and the car’s design will be revealed nearer its production date.
RingGo payment system added to BMW infotainment
The RingGo app has been added to the 150,000 UK BMW models able to accept over-the-air updates.
RingGo is a parking payment system used in 450 towns and cities across the UK, and the update is active on all cars built from July 18 featuring the company’s Operating System 7.
“We are delighted to have worked closely with RingGo to give our customers an intuitive, helpful experience that brings all of their parking needs together in one place,” said Chris Hollis, ConnectedDrive & technologies product manager at BMW. “The new feature will be delivered as an integrated vehicle app and installed automatically over-the-air.”
Four million drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel
New research by IAM Roadsmart has found that one-in-10 drivers surveyed by the road safety organisation admit to having momentarily fallen asleep behind the wheel.
“It is shocking to think a potential four million drivers have closed their eyes behind the wheel because they were so tired, even if it was just for a short time.,” said IAM Roadsmart director of policy and research Neil Grieg. “The potential carnage that could result from even one accident doesn’t bear thinking about.”
Around 40% said they had turned down heating or opened windows to help combat tiredness.
“Driving a long distance needs pre-planning to ensure there are plenty of available rest places and to make sure there’s enough time to complete the journey if delays are encountered,” continued Grieg. “Never drive for longer than two hours without a break and take particular care if driving when you would normally be asleep. This is even more important as the country reopens after the pandemic and not all facilities may be available yet.”