Polestar 2 Matches Electric Performance With High Levels Of Safety
Polestar: “Safety is of paramount importance for Polestar.”
Polestar is following the Volvo brand in terms of applying a high level of safety to its cars. The company boasts that several new safety features will be available right from the start in the launch edition of Polestar 2.
One of the first things that caught our attention is the SPOC block (Severe Partial Offset Crash) deflector:
“‘SPOC block’ (Severe Partial Offset Crash) – a deflective solid aluminium block housed on the bottom edge of the front firewall on either side of the car, designed to minimise intrusion of the wheel and other objects into the cabin and towards the battery pack during partially offset frontal collisions. Increasing protection in the absence of an internal combustion engine, Polestar 2 also features a new Front Lower Load Path (FLLP) that protects occupants and the battery pack from more direct frontal impacts, for example with a pole.”
The battery pack, fully housed within the floor structure, is enclosed in an aluminum case to protect the battery structure as well as provide high rigidity.
The Polestar 2 will be equipped with an all-new acoustic warning system – Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) – unique to Polestar brand: “recognizable, non-intrusive and natural-sounding”, but not like “a robot or symphonic spaceship”.
Another first for Polestar (and Volvo) are all-new front-inner-side airbags:
“These new airbags, which are standard fitment in all markets, add an extra layer of protection for the inner limbs of the front occupants who are now individually protected from both sides, as well as from the front.”
Finally, a full suite of driver assistance and crash avoidance features will be default in the launch edition of the Polestar 2.
“Polestar 2 debuts a new generation of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology, which will make its way into other products from the Volvo Car Group as well. Pilot Assist is an advanced driver assistance system which provides acceleration, braking and steering assistance up to 130 km/h.
In its latest guise, Pilot Assist features location-based enhancements which adjust the amount of assistance in acceleration based on the car’s actual position.
Detection systems for other vehicles in front, behind and in the blind spots of the car, as well as pedestrians and cyclists ahead of the car, are all coupled to steering assistance and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to help ensure that interactions between other road users and Polestar 2 are kept as safe as possible at all times.”