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New Software Allows Shoe Shopping While Charging Your EV, Without Leaving the Car

A new third-party in-car web browser will allow drivers and passengers to watch, shop and browse all from the comfort of the driver’s seat, without having to pick up a smartphone or tablet.

Vivaldi, a web browser developed by a tech company in Norway, is now available for download in the Polestar 2 electric car in all North American, European and Asia Pacific markets. Polestar 2 is the first auto to carry the browser, which could be coming to other Android Automotive operating systems in the future.

“Now there is basically no limit to the web content you can explore in Polestar 2,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in a press release.

While only available in one car from one brand, this paves the way for Vivaldi or other third-party browsers to make their way into other cars that utilize Android Automotive OS. Many automakers are switching to the

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Electric cars already threatened by poor charging infrastructure warns SMMT

British motorists are turning to electric vehicles in ever-greater numbers but the rapid growth of EVs is under threat from a below-par charging infrastructure warns the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.



Ford plug-in electric car


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Ford plug-in electric car

Speaking at the organisation’s 104th Annual Dinner, SMMT president Dr George Gillespie said there are already more than 115 zero emission capable vehicles on sale in the UK and the industry “has inspired the public to buy these exciting vehicles in numbers never seen before.

“But here is the twist. It is so frustrating to find broken chargers, blocked chargers, multiple apps, confusing payment schemes.

“This is quickly going to turn a lot of people off electric vehicles and all our work in developing these fantastic vehicles will be wasted.”

The warning was delivered to a guest list that included automotive industry executives, media, and other stakeholder representatives –

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