Published: June 5, 2014 | Germany
In its groundbreaking new 918 Spyder sports car, Porsche relies on an infotainment system by development partner S1nn GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart. The networking of the automobile with the internet and the innovative operating concept is revolutionary. The infotainment system’s main unit, which was jointly developed with S1nn, is web-based and compatible with Web 2.0: the system is based on HTML5 technology
. The applications and services can either be stored in the vehicle or accessed directly fromthe cloud, as is the case with smartphones and tablets. S1nn has transferred the experiences and operating philosophy that users know from their everyday lives to the infotainment system. Thanks to the internet connection, driverscan rely on real-time information ? whether for navigation functions or web apps that can be selected for the 918 Spyder. S1nn’s software can run as many as three in-car displays. It runs on the open-source WebKit software that’s related to the Google Chrome web browser, and all the infotainment system content is built in the HTML5 web-programming language.
According to S1nn Managing Director Philipp Popov, the key advantage to this approach is that the company can easily reprogram the visual layer of the infotainment system. Our infotainment system software has included more lines of code than the car’s body-control computer.
More freedom for the driver
“Whether in design, performance or efficiency: the 918 Spyder is Porsche’s flagshipproject in all respects,” said Rolf Hartmann, Head of Interactive Electronics at Porsche. “Even the infotainment system of the 918 Spyder is a prototype. The HTML5 solution based on the S1nn platform is the world’s first web-based infotainment system. It provides drivers with the operating experience they know from their smartphones. At the same time, we are more flexible than ever with the system and can quickly respond to the changing needs of drivers, such as with new applications or services.” Unlike traditional infotainment systems that become obsolete over time, the web-based system in Porsche’s 918 Spyder means it can always be kept up to date.
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The infotainment system has two displays. They allow the user to use applications more easily – or to use two applications at the same time. The menu controls can be accessed via a tablet-style seven-inch multi-touch display in the center console. Applications systems such as the navigation system can be controlled on both displays via the touch display using the normal gestures. This makes it possible to enter a new intermediate destination on a map or a detailed view of traffic news on one display while the other continues to show the route.
Innovative multimedia system
The multimedia functions can also be intuitively controlled using the touch interface. They include a media database that can simultaneously search a large variety of sources, access web apps such as Simfy and control the 918 Spyder’s high-end sound system. Further functions such as radio and Sirius XM data services, air conditioning functions and vehicle systems such as spoiler adjustment can also be controlled easily using the system.
S1nn says it will launch a version of the 918’s infotainment system in a higher-volume car next year, with “more” models launching late 2016 or early 2017.