Porsche PCM 6.0 infotainment system adds Android Auto, “Hey Porsche” voice recognition

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Porsche launches its sixth generation infotainment system. In line with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) 6.0, the new system will be launched this summer in the 911, Cayenne and Panamera.

The system has new hardware and software. The highlights of the new functions of the system are the integration of Apple Music and Apple Podcasts (previously seen in the Taycan) as well as the wireless Apple CarPlay. PCM 6.0 brings Android Auto to Porsche for the first time, but only in wired form.

The navigation system can now calculate routes faster and has a redesigned map view, while the entire infotainment system supports over-the-air software updates, Porsche said in a press release.

PCM 6.0 is also equipped with natural language language recognition that responds to the “Hey Porsche” prompt. Instead of scripted commands, drivers can now say things like “I need gas” to get directions to the nearest gas station.

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The central touchscreen can also display calendar entries from a connected smartphone, and drivers can dial into conference calls directly from the screen, Porsche said.

While not part of the PCM 6.0 rollout, Porsche is announcing that it is also testing a new feature called Soundtrack My Life, which selects music in real time based on driving style.

So you get different soundtracks for driving on winding roads or motorway journeys, which, according to Porsche, can also be played on a smartphone outside the car. It’s supposed to be like a real version of the background music in video games, the automaker said.

It’s not ready for prime time yet, but Soundtrack My Life wouldn’t be the first interactive Porsche app. In 2015, the automaker launched its Track Precision app, which aims to improve driving through data analysis. It can take into account factors such as speed, lateral acceleration and braking force in order to suggest potential for improvement and achieve record lap times.

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