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Want to turn on the new Polestar 2? Use your butt cheeks

There's a button in the seat rather than on the dashboard. Get in, sit down, select drive, and get moving

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Earlier today, Volvo subsidiary and electric vehicle maker Polestar held a public webinar to highlight some of the features found on its new all-electric Polestar 2 vehicle. As it turns out, there is no ignition, or start button, but you turn the car on with your, ahem, posterior.

During the webinar, product manager Beatrice Simonsson demonstrated how Polestar 2 drivers can seamlessly approach the vehicle, get in without having to use a key, sit down, place their foot on the brake, select drive, and take off. All without actually having to manually turn the car on.

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Sure, electric vehicles don’t require ignitions in the sense that internal combustion engine vehicles do, but most still have some sort of “start/stop” or “on/off” button that’s used to initiate startup procedures or put the car to sleep.

However, the Polestar 2 has a weight sensor in the drivers seat that serves a similar function. There’s no real startup procedure to speak of either, as the car starts up as the driver approaches. It’s ready to go as soon as the driver safely seated and their door is closed.

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Polestar has begun production of the Polestar 2 sedan. It’s expected to have real world range of about 270 miles (440 km), derived from a 78kWh battery.

It might sound amusing, but according to Polestar it’s all designed to make the experience of driving the car smooth, simple, and safe.

During the webinar, Polestar representatives also discussed some of the vehicle’s safety features which include various Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) like 360-degree cameras, distance controlled cruise control, and cross traffic alert systems.

Being a subsidiary of Volvo, it should be no surprise that Polestar is so focused on passenger and pedestrian safety. The Swedish carmaker has long been known for its emphasis on safety. In 1959 Volvo was the first consumer vehicle manufacturer to equip its cars with three-point seatbelts as standard.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Polestar began manufacturing its vehicles back in March this year. In a statement at the time, it said that it had taken various measures to ensure the safety of its staff.

Published May 20, 2020 — 13:05 UTC