PCM 6.0 has Apple Music integrated so you won't need your phone.
Porsche is following up its recent sheet metal barrage of the 911 GT3 and secret Cayenne Turbo Coupe with the introduction of new technology to round out the experience. The Porsche Communication Management 6.0 system (the company's new infotainment) will be shipping out with 2022 models starting now. Almost every part of the head unit is upgraded. We also get some new features proliferating down the line and a future music product that sounds both cool and a little dystopian.
PCM 6 starts with a new customizable display, new fonts, and revised icons and colors for a "calmer and more refined look." It shows a little less information before, which is fine because most of these systems seem very busy. Porsche also enlarged the touchable buttons making it easier to operate.
Buyers can rearrange the tiles on the home screen to keep important items front and center. The car menu settings are broken up into drive, assistance, trip, and comfort categories, and a notifications menu houses all your calls, personal messages, and messages from Porsche.
Apple CarPlay continues in PCM 6, connecting either with wires or without. Android Auto joins the party too, but only with a wired connection. Apple Music is integrated into Porsche's new system, meaning that once you like it with your Apple ID, you can hear all of your Apple Music whether you have your phone with you or not. As of now, this is the only app that works this way, but we'd expect Porsche to add more in the future.
Like Mercedes, Porsche can use natural voice commands for changes in the system. After saying "Hey Porsche," you can say, "I need gas" or "I'm cold" and the car will take you to a gas station or turn the heat up. Massaging seats and ambient light can be controlled the same way. Porsche says the system is permanently online and continually learns new phrases.
Processing power is more substantial, so navigation route calculation and online updates are all faster. It calculates traffic in its choices, and even shows you which lanes have the most traffic as you're commuting. It can search for points of interest through its own system and through Google.
The updated Porsche Connect app can unlock doors or check in on the temperature of the vehicle in the case of the Taycan. It can check tire pressures too, which is going to come in handy when using the free Porsche Track Precision App.
The Track Precision app, which will now be offered on the Cayenne, Taycan, and Panamera (it's already available on the 911 and 718), can record lap times like many similar systems, but it also creates a live display with a timer and predicted lap time, how much brake and gas you're using, and where the steering is angled. Drivers can combine this with video, either from a phone or GoPro with Bluetooth, and rewatch the clips to see what when wrong, or right.
It has a total of 300 circuits now, but you can add your own with a few touches of a button. The training app is available in combination with the Sport Chrono package and installed LTE communication module.
Lastly, Porsche showed off a new bit of tech that it's working on called Soundtrack My Life. The PCM 6 system will read your driving style, your speed, time of day and scenery, and create an instrumental soundtrack for your drive. This is still in beta, but Porsche brought out Norman Friedenberger, product owner vehicle solutions at Porsche Digital, who worked with the film music composer Boris Salchow from Los Angeles to develop the system.
Friedenberger explained that "it is not about playing personalized playlists. It is about creating individual soundtracks that are composed by drivers and their journeys in real time."
You don't get your favorite songs. Porsche had composers create a bunch of original tracks to layer over one another, growing more complex as you drive. We asked about a "favorite" button where you could tell the car what you liked. Porsche noted that a function like that could be integrated when the system goes online, though we received no firm date.
Like many things tech, this stuff advances slowly for a bit, and then speeds up. It seems like we're in the speed-up phase now, with many manufacturers revising or rethinking what they have as powertrains and everything else changes around them. We'll get a chance to test this new system soon, so stay tuned.