Polestar says its new Polestar 3 model features a new generation of safety technology on a platform allowing continuous AI-powered software updates

Geely-owned Polestar says a new generation of safety features on its Polestar 3 come with capabilities powered by AI methods and deep learning.

The new generation of safety technology – precautionary safety – will be able to anticipate dangerous traffic scenarios before they happen and adjust the car’s speed and position to ensure they never do.

For software provider Zenseact, the Polestar 3 launch is the first production deployment of its software OnePilot, a product for advanced driver assistance.

“The release of OnePilot is a big step towards making driving safer. We are delighted to make Polestar 3 smarter, safer, and more convenient to drive,” Ödgärd Andersson, CEO at Zenseact, says.

The vehicle will continuously improve its performance and functionality through over-the-air (OTA) software updates. Zenseact says capabilities like adjustment of speed and position to handle sharp turns and complex traffic environments will add to the car’s total intelligence and driving experience. Another feature is the real-time use of high-definition maps to see beyond the visible horizon, to better adjust the driving to what’s beyond the next turn, and keep the car centred in the lane even when markings are hard to identify.

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“Collaborations with industry-leading safety technology partners like Zenseact provide Polestar 3 with cutting-edge ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) solutions. Combining performance and comfort with the latest in AI and updatable safety software is an important addition to our new car,” says Beatrice Simonsson, Head of Product Management at Polestar.

With carefully selected traffic data from the Polestar vehicles, it is claimed the software will gradually learn to handle more complex traffic scenarios and be increasingly capable of eliminating collisions. 

“Millisecond by millisecond, information is collected, analyzed, and turned into action by the car. Accidents, incidents, and near accidents will thus become a part of improving the cars in coming software updates. Put differently, the more cars learn from each other’s experiences, the faster everyone will benefit,” says Ödgärd.

Continuous improvements will thus be based on real-life data from the vehicle fleet, and the “collective fleet intelligence” will grow and deepen for every car equipped with this technology.

Zenseact is a software company ‘dedicated to revolutionizing car safety’. The company was founded by Volvo Cars, and the teams are based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Shanghai, China.