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January 24, 2022

Porsche enhances infotainment

New, coloured icons make functions easier to recognise following customer feedback.

By Graeme Roberts

Porsche is enhancing its in-car infotainment system and the sixth generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) now has many new functions. These include integration of Spotify for the first time, a revised interface design, additional optimisation of Voice Pilot voice assistant, wireless Android Auto connection and improvements for planning charging stops for electric vehicles.

Optimised PCM user interface

New, coloured icons make functions easier to recognise following customer feedback.

In addition to a clearer display, the PCM update improves the scope of the Voice Pilot. The integrated voice assistant is further improved and makes it easier to access several functions. These include news, the operating manual and in-car music streaming.

Native Spotify integration

Drivers have direct access to Spotify songs and podcasts while Spotify Premium customers can link their account to the vehicle using their Porsche ID and use Spotify as an additional media source. The vehicle accesses the streaming service provider directly without having to use a smartphone. Through this new integration, drivers will have access to 70m songs and 3.2m podcasts right at their fingertips – all required data is included in Porsche Connect. The app also displays the Like function, all saved playlists and the new Go to Radio option, which looks for a piece of music similar to the one currently playing.

Charging Planner with improved algorithms

The optimised algorithm prioritises charging stations which offer a higher energy output and plans charging stops more efficiently. These improvements are also based on customer feedback. The planner also now considers the time required to start and end the charging process at the charging station when calculating the total driving time.

For a better overview, a dynamic zoom function for charging stations during the trip has been introduced. The system shows all available charging options in the immediate vicinity including whether or not they are currently in use. In the wider view, the display is limited to fast-charging stations. A new filter makes it possible to sort charging points by output. The latest navigation system also includes a revised route monitor, on which relevant events can be individually displayed or hidden during the trip.

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