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Porsche introduces PCM 6.0 infotainment system for its car lineup

Porsche is enhancing its infotainment system for many of its models. The latest, sixth generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) standard in the 911, Taycan, Cayenne and Panamera models now has many new functions. These include direct integration of Spotify as a media source for the first time, a revised interface design, additional optimization of Voice Pilot voice assistant, wireless Android Auto connection and – specifically for the Taycan – improvements for planning charging stops.

Optimized PCM user interface

New, colored icons make the functions of the revised PCM 6.0 user interface easier to recognize. Porsche developed this enhancement at the suggestion of its customers. In addition to a refreshed user interface, 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 updates, the owner’s manual and in-car music streaming.

Direct Spotify integration

Porsche drivers have direct access to their favorite Spotify songs and podcasts in the revised PCM 6.0. 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 instant access to more than 70 million songs and

3.2 million 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

With electric cars, efficient route planning is a key element to road tripping. That is why Porsche has improved the calculation of charging sessions in the Charging Planner. The optimized algorithm prioritizes to a greater extent charging stations which offer a higher energy output  (150 kW and up) and plans charging stops more efficiently. These improvements are also based on customer feedback. Additionally, the Charging Planner now also takes into account the time required to start and end the charging process at the charging station when calculating the total driving time. Together, these measures make for a further improved charging experience.

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 PCM 6.0 navigation system also includes a revised route monitor, on which relevant events can be individually displayed or hidden during the trip.

Timing and availability

The new functions will be standard on all newly produced Porsche 911, Taycan, Panamera and Cayenne models, with production implementation beginning in the coming weeks. The exact scope depends on the equipment and powertrain type of the vehicle.

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