The stars of the show are Android Auto finally coming to Porsche cars and some of the company’s app updates that let EV owners control air conditioning and more.
New Porsche Infotainment Update (PCM 6)
The company’s new infotainment system, “Porsche Communication Management (PCM 6),” comes equipped with a few smarter features, a similar dated design, and better voice commands. The basics of the system have been incorporated into the Porsche Taycan, but now it will come the 911, Cayenne and Panamera.
I won’t go into the details of the design as it is functional, but it looks like an automotive infotainment system. Still, it falls short of Porsche’s promise at the start of the year to create a modern-looking infotainment system.
One of the more interesting updates is that Porsche has improved its on-board voice assistant. Now that the business can connect to the Internet while you are driving, the assistant is able to speak more naturally and understand additional sentences. For example, Porsche says you can say “I’m cold” and the car will increase the temperature in the cabin. The massage seats, air conditioning and ambient lighting can all be controlled by voice.
Beyond that, the German automaker has improved its in-car navigation system with updated route and traffic information in real time. If you have the Porshe Connect plan that lets you connect to the Internet, you’ll see map search results faster than when you’re offline.
Android Auto is also finally available in certain Porsche cars. On stage at the event, Porshe mentioned that the vast majority of its pilots are Apple users who use Apple Music. However, it’s still nice that the automaker has finally added Android Auto to its vehicles.
Application Porsche Connect
The new Porsche app can lock / unlock your car, and EV drivers can control the air conditioning system, which will come in handy when they are sitting in their car waiting for it to charge. You can even set pre-planned routes so that the car automatically cools or warms up before going to work every day.
You can also view the average speed, tire pressure and other statistics of the car through the app.
Another cool feature that will come in handy in large parking lots is that the app can now show you where your car is. What’s more, the app goes even further and even offers you detailed navigation to your car.
If you want to keep a close eye on your car, you can set up a geofence that will alert you whenever your vehicle leaves the designated area. It’s also not the only in-app alarm you can set. For example, it can go off if you exceed a certain speed, and there is another one designed to make sure the valets don’t take your car very far or drive it very fast.
New personalized Porsche music
The generic Porshe event announcement is a new music system that creates a movie soundtrack-like soundtrack that reacts to your driving.
It builds up and crescendos when you accelerate and stops whenever your car stops. Porshe has a brief sample video here. Overall, it’s an interesting concept and could make the ride a lot more cinematic, but it’s also a bit silly at the same time.