Digital integration makes it easier to go faster.
Porsche produces some of the world's finest sports cars, with the Porsche 911 Carrera being a hallowed nameplate, while the 718 Cayman and Boxster are quickly becoming the junior sports car of choice for the enthusiast in the know. With technology progressing rapidly, the Porsche Track Precision App has been one of the most enjoyable side benefits to owning one of the Stuttgart-based manufacturer's vehicles, with the app connecting to the car's telemetry to record lap times, lap videos, and acceleration and braking data to help you learn where to go quicker. But the automaker has improved the app further now, integrating the system with Apple CarPlay and adding new functions to make it even better.
The biggest update is the integration with Apple CarPlay. Previously, the app could only be accessed via your smartphone, which made it a bit of a pain to check on between stints behind the wheel. Version 3.2 changes this, however, allowing it to be controlled via the Porsche Communication System infotainment setup, with all details displayed on the vehicle's infotainment screen. This means that in between laps you can rewatch your laps on the car's screen while analyzing data to see where you can improve your driving. To do this, the app tracks longitudinal and lateral acceleration, braking forces, engine revs, and more.
In addition to the smartphone and onboard infotainment integration, the new update has also added 100 pre-programmed race tracks, with the app now offering more than 300 to choose from worldwide.
With the most recent update, the Track Precision App is now a comprehensive suite that records lap times automatically based on GPS positioning, displays live lap times and visualizations of ideal laps and enables video analysis and performance data analysis from the cars array of sensors. Furthermore, it allows driver's to share experiences via social media and store data via Apple's AirDrop. Owners who live the Apple lifestyle can also start and stop recording via the Apple Watch while using the accessory to integrate the driver's pulse into the recorded information.