Polestar, a subsidiary of Volvo, explained that the Precept stood as a ‘vision of the brand’s future direction’ centered around two main objectives: the use of sustainable materials and the advancement of HMI technology. Polestar noted that the meaning behind the ‘Precept’ name was as a way of emphasizing its intent to be recognized as a contemporary electric performance brand – distancing itself from its previous Volvo-inspired designs seen in the Polestar 1 and 2.
This intent is made clear at the front of the car, where the traditional front grille is replaced with Polestar’s ‘SmartZone’. Positioned behind a transparent panel, the SmartZone contains two radar sensors and a high-definition camera that aid the vehicle’s autonomous and safety systems. Furthermore, a LiDAR pod on the Precept’s glass roof will provide “the next step to increased driving assistance”, implying the inclusion of ADAS in the future. Cameras have also replaced the side mirrors, while a wide-angle camera mounted to the rear sends footage to a digital screen in the interior that replaces the rear window. Instead of a conventional rear window, the Precept’s single-volume glass extends behind the rear seats. This, in conjunction with the tailgate being designed with a larger opening and higher-mounted hinges, allows for improved accessibility.
The Precept’s interior is where the Polestar’s main two objectives are achieved. Their advancement of HMI technology comes in the form of Android Automotive. The operating system – developed by Google and set to launch with the Polestar 2 – is an upgraded version of ‘Android Auto’ that works without the need for a smartphone. Android Automotive is presented on the Precept’s portrait-oriented 15-inch center touch screen that hosts innovative features native to the OS. In addition to Google Maps and the Google Play Store, Google Assistant has been developed for Android Automotive to work with more languages and understand regional dialects to enable natural conversations – building on its existing functionality observed in the Polestar 2. Additionally, the display allows users to stream video content when the car is parked or while it is charging. It complements a 12.5-inch driver display that comes with a range of smart sensors to assist the driver as they use the car. One example is the Precept’s eye-tracking technology that can monitor the driver’s gaze and adapt the displays accordingly. Furthermore, it can warn drivers to keep their eyes focused on the road if they spend too much time looking at the car’s display.
With an innovative feature set and a sustainable design, the Precept already looks to be a promising concept that represents the future of the industry. Although detailed specifications of the Precept have yet to be announced, including its battery power, performance and full technical capabilities, more details are expected to be announced as Polestar develops the concept.
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