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Polestar and Koenigsegg are working together on a project, but we don't know what it is

Koenigsegg and Polestar are collaborating on a new project.

Photo courtesy of Instagram, Koenigsegg

"Something interesting is happening on the west coast of Sweden," Polestar's Instagram post reads. Something very interesting. This week, in separate Instagram posts, Koenigsegg and Polestar posted images of their models side by side with some teaser-like captions and a hashtag: #KoenigseggXPolestar.

What it means exactly isn't clear, but the two posts and some background research do reveal a few clues.

Koenigsegg Instagram Polestar teaserPolestar shared a slightly different view of the two vehicles.Photo courtesy of Instagram, Polestar

The first thing that's apparent from the photos is that the two cars are the Koenigsegg Gemera and and the Polestar Precept concept.

Koenigsegg Gemera

The Koenigsegg Gemera is the company's first four-seater car. Christian von Koeingsegg, the automaker's CEO, calls the model a "Mega GT" because it, "is a completely new category of car where extreme megacer meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness." According to a release put out when the car was new, the model is the culmination of 25 years of work.

Initial indications are that the car is big on power and can outperform the typical two-seater. It has 127 megawatts of power 3500 Nm of torque helping it get from zero to 62 mph inn use 1.9 seconds. It can run up to 400 kmh. The powertrains uses three electric motors combined with a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Koeningsegg calls this engine the Tiny Friendly Giant, or TFG for short.

There's rear- and all-wheel steering.

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Koeingsegg says that the car can seat four adults and carry-on luggage. It has four heated and chilled cup holders, front and rear seat infotainment displays, four reading lights, memory foam heated seats, power seats, tri-zone climate control, exterior and interior cameras, and front and rear wireless phone chargers.

Polestar Precept concept

Polestar debuted the Precept concept at the height of the coronavirus pandemic so you might have missed it. The model showcases, "sophisticated, high-tech minimalism that redefines beauty for the sustainable age," says Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar.

Starting with the front of the car, the Precept has a new take on Volvo's signature Thor's hammer headlights with sold body structure separating headlights and fog lamps. In place of a grille, traditionally designed for cooling internal combustion engines, is the "smart zone", a gathering place for technology. This is similar to what is found in the Nissan Ariya Concept. This zone, says Ingenlath, causes the car to "go from breathing to seeing."

"Strength and endurance" define the exterior aesthetics of the Precept, according to Ingenlath, who also says that the, "skin of the Polestar Precept radiates power without posing."

Polestar preaches sustainability as a distraction during social isolation, debuts Preceptassets.rebelmouse.io

Leather, wood, and chrome are left behind in favor of high-tech solutions. The interior of the Precept features materials woven from flax, like that behind the model in the video. The interior door panels feature the material, which is 50-percent lighter than traditional inserts and contains 80-percent less plastic. Its seats feature a 3D knit material that is made of 100-percent recycled yarn that has its origins with PET bottles and that is cut from a single thread to exactly to fit the seats with no waste.

The car can also act like Big Brother, wanring the driver and slowing the vehicle down if its technology detects that the driver isn't looking at the road enough. Similar technology (including frequent beeping alerts) is already available on the Subaru Outback and Forester.

Between the driver and passenger is a 15.5-inch touch screen interface has Google's Android system running in the background and features a clean aesthetic in fitting with the design of the car. It is on this screen that Ingenlath suggests watching streaming services as your car sits at the charging station refueling.

If certain auto journalists had their way, this collaboration would probably result in a production-ready shooting brake with an exterior and powertrain designed by Koenigsegg and an interior designed by Polestar, showcasing their eye toward sustainability. Hey, it could happen. Until we know what's going on for sure, anything is possible, isn't it?

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE appThe WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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