Porsche announces plethora of infotainment technology updates – .

Porsche announces plethora of infotainment technology updates – .

Software is becoming an essential part of the automotive experience as automakers further digitize the automobile, a critical intermediary in the way we interact with our cars. Automakers large and small are introducing new infotainment software, voice assistants and smartphone apps. Porsche is no different and today introduces Porsche Communication Management 6.0, a suite of software designed to help occupants personalize their driving experience.

PCM 6.0 receives a slew of new features, but the experience begins with an improved layout – revised icon designs, a new font, and new colors. Easy-to-read information is crucial in a car, but glancing at the infotainment screen is just one mode of interaction. Porsche has also improved its system with larger touch zones so that a driver does not need to focus so much on the road in front of him.

Passengers can forgo touching the screen altogether with enhanced voice control. “Hey, Porsche”, provides access to a multitude of functions such as “I need gasoline”, asking the navigation system to search for gas stations. Other voice-controlled functions include massage seats, air conditioning and ambient lighting.

Another feature of PMC 6.0 is its new intelligent navigation capability which not only ensures that the most recent and accurate map is downloaded, but also can calculate the route in real time with the traffic. It goes so far as to show the driver the amount of traffic in a particular lane. PCM 6.0 users will also be able to use both wireless Apple CarPlay (formerly available) and wired Android Auto (newly available). Drivers will also be able to access voice assistance from PCM and respective voice assistants from Android and Apple.

No infotainment system is complete without an associated smartphone app. The Porsche Connect app allows drivers to access a host of vehicle features when away from their car, including remote locking and unlocking of doors. Porsche Taycan, Cayenne and Panamera equipped with hybrid propulsion can regulate the interior temperature of a car with the possibility of programming a pre-cool / preheat for the scheduled departure times. Customers will also be able to track tire pressure, door lock status and more from their phone.

The free Porsche Track Precision app can now be displayed on the car screen with Apple CarPlay. It has 300 programmed international circuits and can track the performance of the car.

One of the coolest features, which is still in the prototype stage, is Soundtrack My Life. The feature provides a literal soundtrack tailored to the route of the car and the driving style of the driver. Porsche says it’s not based on classic sound structures and is more akin to film music, with the soundtrack adapting to how the driver accelerates, brakes and negotiates corners. If Porsche decides to produce it, it will integrate with the Porsche Connect app.

The PCM 6.0 arrives this summer on the 911, Panamera and Cayenne.


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