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New Porsche infotainment system launches this Summer

The new PCM 6.0 features several new features including built in Apple Music, Android support as well as an upgrade navigation system

The sixth generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) launches in the Porsche 911, Cayenne, and Panamera models this summer, bringing a slew of improvements.

The key innovations of the system include integrations of Apple Music and Apple Podcasts built into the PCM, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay support. In addition, Android Auto is included for the first time, and the Voice Pilot voice assistant can now understand instructions in natural language.

Porsche drivers with a subscription to Apple Music will have access to more than 75 million songs ad-free, thousands of editorially curated playlists, and hosts Apple's livestream radio stations, via a three-year free in-car internet connection from Porsche.

Porsche drivers will also have access to millions of free shows from Apple Podcasts. Customers can link their Apple ID to their vehicle in the Porsche Connect app or online at My Porsche to get started.

“We have succeeded in combining the classic radio experience with the modern streaming experience,” says Martin Bayer, Manager Navigation and Infotainment at Porsche AG. It is not just about listening to audio content, but rather the in-depth integration of Apple Music and Apple Podcasts built into the Porsche infotainment system.

"With Apple Music built-in, the driver can add a song they hear on broadcast radio to their Apple Music library or, if the driver likes a particular artist on the radio, they can switch to a custom Apple Music station that will only play that artist’s music.”

Porsche vehicles equipped with the new PCM 6.0 also come with wireless Apple CarPlay support. Drivers can also connect their iPhone and get directions optimized for traffic, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music and podcasts simply by tapping the touchscreen display or using Siri voice control, all without comromising road safety.

In addition to further Apple integration, smartphones with the Google Android operating system can also now be integrated into the infotainment systems of the Porsche models. This happens automatically as soon as the mobile phone is connected to the vehicle via a USB cable, at which point phone functions and smartphone apps that do not impair driving safety can be operated via PCM 6.0.

Beyond smartphone related features, the new hardware and software architecture of the PCM 6.0 allows for improved calculations for the navigation system - which now takes real time traffic situations into account - as well as a new and improved Voice Pilot which allows the driver to activate interior features and navigation via voice commands.

The PCM 6.0 also brings the digital functions of the Taycan electric sports car to combustion engine models for the first time. The interactive 'Good to know' operating manual is integrated into the system, smartphone calendar entries can be displayed on the PCM 6.0 touchscreen via the Porsche Connect app, and allows drivers to dial into conference calls using the calendar service.

For further information on the PCM 6.0 check out the Porsche Newsroom here

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