Porsche Updates Infotainment With Spotify And Fresh Graphics

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A number of updates have been made to the system.

Porsche fanatics are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 911 GT3 RS and, based on recent spy shots, we shouldn't have much longer to wait. The German automaker has also been working on a new auction site, but while the brand has been working on new cars and finding better ways to facilitate the sale of its older offerings, so-called "regular" models haven't been overlooked and are constantly being refined too. Around the middle of last year, Porsche revealed an all-new infotainment system, and now it's getting an update with the addition of a number of new features.

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The sixth-generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system that comes as standard in the 911, Taycan, Cayenne, and Panamera has been upgraded with direct integration of Spotify as a media source for the first time. The update to the system also offers "a revised interface design, additional optimization of Voice Pilot voice assistant, wireless Android Auto connection, and improvements for planning charging stops," with this last upgrade obviously specific to the all-electric Taycan.

Porsche claims that its "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."

The system also allows you to filter charging stations by output and can also show whether nearby charging options are in use or not.

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As for the Spotify feature, Porsche's direct integration means that you need not piggyback off a smartphone and can access over 70 million songs and 3.2 million podcasts using just Porsche Connect. The app on the infotainment display includes the Like function, your saved playlists, and the new Go to Radio option, "which looks for a piece of music similar to the one currently playing."

Porsche may be known as the finest sports car manufacturer in the world, but updates like this reinforce the luxury element of the brand and show that it is always looking for ways to make the daily drive more convenient for its customers. All these new upgrades will be standard on newly produced vehicles, but we expect that an over-the-air update may be offered for older models later.

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