Electric fastback Polestar 2 parks Vivaldi browser in car

Chrome based browser Vivaldi has ported its eponymous Android tablet browser to Android Automotive, making it the first web browser on the operating system and available on the Polestar 2 electric car.

Electric cars and navigators have been around for a while; A Chromium-based browser has been lurking inside Teslas, but for cars running Android Automotive on their dashboards, the options were limited.

Its presence in the Polestar 2, the Swedish automaker Volvo’s sub-brand, was announced ahead of the vehicle’s availability last year. Unlike Android Auto, which simply mirrors a device’s Android applications on a car’s infotainment screen, Android Automotive is designed to be integrated into the vehicle itself.

However, despite the presence of all kinds of applications, an omission of the Android Automotive world in the Polestar 2 was a browser, to the bewilderment of some drivers (judging by forum posts on the topic).

“Why the hell don’t we have a basic web browser?” asked a driver.

A reasonable question; After all, it’s not that Google doesn’t get its grip on many devices around the world thanks to Chrome.

Enter Vivaldi, you have entered your browser in the Google Play Store in Polestar 2. The company said Register the browser was “the full tablet experience”, just no downloads. While only Polestar 2 owners can play the game right now, Vivaldi’s goal is to make its browser available to all other cars running Android Automotive.

Being pretty much the full browser experience means drivers get ad blocking, tabbed browsing, and all the perks their tablet-owning friends are used to. Provided they parked first, of course. Please restart and streaming content will continue in audio-only format.

It makes sense; one wouldn’t want drivers to hit the touch screen while their vehicle is speeding down the road.

“We have listened to our community of owners,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, “and it is great that we can respond to your wish for a Vivaldi navigator as a nice Christmas present.”

It’s a useful addition to the Polestar 2, especially when you’re sitting around waiting for the car to charge. The Vivaldi browser app for Android Automotive is available in all markets in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific and will receive updates along with the company’s other supported platforms (Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android). ®

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