Smartphone users will find more connectivity in the latest version of Porsche’s infotainment system.
The automaker has (finally) added Android Auto compatibility to its Porsche Communication Management 6.0 software. Additionally, the software update includes wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility. Android users will still need to make sure to pack a cable to plug into a vehicle’s USB port, however.
Those who are content using Porsche’s own software for navigation and entertainment will find a few big updates, too.
For one, calling out, “Hey Porsche” will prompt the system to listen to a user’s next command. Unlike older voice recognition, Porsche’s 6.0 software can understand more conversational requests along the lines of, “Find a Starbucks” to locate the nearest Frappucino outlet.
Porsche’s decision to fit Siri or Google Assistant-like natural voice recognition to its cars follows other brands such as Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX software.
Apple Music has been newly integrated into the software, too. Users need only enter their Apple ID credentials and they’ll have direct access to their music — as long as their car is connected to a cellular data signal.
Porsche says it will begin rolling out software update 6.0 to users of certain 911, Panamera, and Cayenne models this summer. Find a Porsche for sale