The Polestar 2 electric vehicle (EV) has been rated ‘good’ in the latest round of Assisted Driving (AD) gradings by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) safety test. Euro NCAP is one of the world’s leading safety testing institutions and is highly regarded in the motor industry.
Euro NCAP’s AD grading is a relatively new and independent initiative from the organisation that began assessing driver assistance functionality in 2020. In its first AD test in late 2021, the Polestar 2electric crossover was rated ‘moderate’, with marginal improvement required for a ‘good’ rating.
The AD grading for Polestar 2 was improved following an Over-the-Air (OTA) software update that addressed non-critical concerns raised by the organisation when originally tested.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, said: “Having Volvo Cars’ safety DNA in our cars is a major benefit for Polestar and in fact, the safety team had already identified an opportunity for improvement in some of our ADAS functionality when the original rating was released in 2021.
“The software update P1.8 was coincidentally making its way into customer cars within a week of the results. The ability to constantly improve the car, especially when increasing safety credentials, is a key benefit of the connectivity and remote updatability of Polestar 2.”
The Euro NCAP AD grading is currently a separate activity and not included in the overall five-star safety rating for Polestar 2. This overall safety rating was released in March 2021 and, at the time, the Polestar 2 was the best-performing electric vehicle ever tested by the organisation according to the latest protocols. Since then, it has only been marginally surpassed by the much larger and more expensive Mercedes-Benz EQS.