Swedish electric car maker Polestar has announced a new roadster concept called the Polestar O2 which he says will come standard with a built-in cinematic camera drone that allows drivers to autonomously record their experience.
The Polestar O2 has several unique features for a vehicle, such as a bonded aluminum platform which the company says will allow for a larger battery, a focus on sustainable materials and, of course, the integrated autonomous drone.
Cinematic drone comes standard
Polestar says it’s not just about improving the driving experience of an electric sports convertible, but about giving drivers the option to register it. The drone is shown to be housed in the back of the O2 in a specially designed compartment. When the pilot is ready to deploy it, the compartment opens, the drone is slid on a rail and can take off after clearing its mini hangar.
Polestar says the drone would operate autonomously and allow the player to select “atmospheric” or “action-filled” footage. In a promotional video, the drone can be seen keeping speed with the car, although it’s unclear how fast either goes. That said, the company expects the drone and car to be able to track each other up to 100 kilometers per hour (about 62 miles per hour). He is also shown to be able to fly around the O2 in any direction while performing cinematic camera movements, all on his own.
The company says that when the O2 is parked, videos captured by the drone can be reviewed, edited and shared directly from the car’s central display panel. Polestar encourages drivers to “document the ride” and “capture the thrill of premium electric performance”.
A conceptual design
It’s worth noting again that the Polestar O2 is just a concept, and it’s not the company’s first. He highlighted the Polestar Precept in February 2020 and The edge points out that certain design elements of this vehicle are present in the new O2 concept.
Just as the car is a concept, so is the drone itself. It was developed in conjunction with Aerofugia’s consumer electronics company, Hoco Flow. Aerofugia is the company that was created after Geely, the Chinese company that owns Polestar together with Volvo, acquired vertical take-off and landing start-up Terrafugia in 2017.
“We challenged our team and said, ‘Listen guys, what would the modern answer to this look like?'” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. The edge. “The drone is definitely the vehicle to produce memories, to produce shareable moments, to capture that experience that you have, with your partner in the car, and the drone can film you. It can make for really exciting dynamic photos of the car or very quiet photos.
Polestar still hasn’t turned its first concept into a finished vehicle, but says it plans to do so in what will be called the Polestar 5. If that happens, and the company puts the same effort into the O2, it could very well become a finished product…several years from now, and for a price that probably won’t come close to what the average driver would call “affordable”.