Porsche Advanced Cockpit: Digital display and control elements


The Porsche Advanced Cockpit is included in the Panamera Sport Turismo as standard. It is characterised by its high-resolution display and capacitive control elements. The classic tachometer in the centre of the instrument cluster, meanwhile, pays analogue homage to the Porsche 356. The lower section of this analogue instrument contains a digital field, showing information such as the current speed. In the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, this instrument also contains the power meter.

To the left and right of the tachometer are two seven inch displays. The left display shows the virtual tachometer, the centre of which displays information from the assistance systems, and in the case of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, additional hybrid-specific information. This instrument is called “Speed & Assist”. To the right of the tachometer is the “Car & Info” display. The driver can use this to customise and view vehicle settings or display information from the on-board computer. Alongside the “Speed & Assist” and “Car & Info” displays, the driver can select from a defined range of options to individually configure two smaller round instruments. The settings for the instruments are operated using the buttons on the multi-function steering wheel.

Porsche Communication Management (PCM)

The switch panel between the driver and passenger is dominated by the 12.3 inch touchscreen display of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). A sub-area of the home screen can be customised using tiled windows. Operation is based on multi-touch gesture control: As with a smartphone or table, navigation maps, for example, can be rotated in any direction with two fingers. The display also recognises handwriting, which means the driver can simply write the navigation destination on the screen. As soon as a hand nears the PCM, it is detected by a proximity sensor and a sub-menu bar that offers additional context-related functions opens in the left of the display. If a sub-menu contains multiple pages, the user can simply scroll through the pages by swiping just like with a smartphone. On the right-hand side of the display, tiles – or widgets – can be expanded and customised in a defined layout. These widgets can be configured to show navigation information, for example, or the current playlist as preferred. The widgets therefore enhance the main menu of the PCM with individually customisable displays.

Other features of the PCM include online navigation, mobile phone preparation, voice control and the audio interfaces. As standard, the PCM is linked to a sound system delivering 150 watts. The PCM can also optionally be fitted with a Bose® surround sound system delivering 710 watts (standard with the Turbo Sport Turismo) or a Burmester® 3D high-end surround sound system with a total output of 1,455 watts. Other optional equipment includes the Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment, a CD/DVD autochanger, and digital radio.

Connect Plus and Porsche Connect app as interfaces to the online world

As standard, the Panamera Sport Turismo includes Connect Plus – an interface to the online world. Connect Plus includes the apps and services of Apple® CarPlay including the voice assistant Siri®, Car Connect services, the Connect app services, the Porsche Track Precision app, and navigation and information services. In terms of hardware, it includes an LTE telephone module with a SIM card reader, a smartphone compartment and wireless Internet access. The numerous Car Connect services include Safety Services (breakdown assistance and automatic emergency call), vehicle statistics, vehicle status and car finder, speed fencing and geo-fencing, and the Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (PVTS), which also comes as standard. With speed fencing, the app sends a notification as soon as the vehicle exceeds a defined speed when driven by a third party; with geo-fencing, an alert is sent as soon as the Panamera leaves a specific area. PVTS is a theft detection system with a location and tracking function. Owners of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo also have access to remote control of hybrid functions – including battery and charge management. The services are controlled via a smartphone app and, depending on the function, via Apple® Watch.

Connect Plus also offers apps such as “Parking” (search for and check availability of parking spaces), “Fuel prices” (search for fuel stations and check prices), “Dictate messages” (dictate and send an SMS using voice control), “Twitter” (tweets are read out; information is displayed), “Train information”, “Flight information”„ “Weather” (current location or destination), “Event info” and “Messages” – all of which can be easily activated as menu items in PCM. The Porsche Connect app enables the driver to search for the required destination using a smartphone and Google before getting behind the wheel, and then to transfer this saved destination to PCM in the car. Calendar entries and contacts with address information can be displayed, updated and set as destinations in PCM. Alternatively, smartphone photos linked with GPS data can also be used as navigation destinations. The functions of the Porsche Car Connect app are controlled and managed in the car via the PCM. And the Panamera Sport Turismo can also access an almost limitless selection of Internet radio stations and online music via PCM Connect. Songs are streamed using services such as Napster and radio.net. The navigation system also uses real-time traffic information.

Centre console functions configured using Direct Touch Control

The high-resolution, high-end display of the PCM area transitions harmoniously into the black-panel concept of the centre console with a shift-by-wire gear selector gate for the PDK. In the centre console, a control panel with a high-quality glass look and touch-sensitive buttons offers intuitive control of various functions for vehicle and climate control. Even the slats of the central air vents can be electrically adjusted via a sensitive slider function. In combination with the optional four-zone climate control and individual comfort seats, the rear passengers also have access to a seven-inch, high-resolution touchscreen display to control climate and infotainment functions. With the standard 2+1 seat configuration, a control panel is instead situated in front of the centre seat to control the four-zone climate control.

Two sound systems delivering 710 and 1,455 watts respectively

As an option, the Panamera Sport Turismo can be fitted with a Bose® sound system or Burmester® sound system. Key information about the Bose® sound system: 14 loudspeakers including passive subwoofer, 14 amplifier channels and a total output of 710 watts. The corresponding data for the 3D high-end surround sound system from Burmester®: Total output of 1,455 watts, 20 directly controlled loudspeakers and a 400 watt active subwoofer.

Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment

Two 10-inch touchscreens lie at the heart of the optional Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment. These high-resolution, non-reflecting screens (1,920 × 1,200 pixels) attach to the backrests of the front seats and can also be used as tablets away from the Panamera. The sound of the Rear Seat Entertainment is played back via the loudspeakers integrated in the touchscreens, the vehicle sound system or through the Porsche Bluetooth® headphones. A wide range of digital sources can be used: PCM media can be accessed via the SD card, Jukebox, CD/DVD drive and USB stick. Passengers in the rear can also control the radio. Vehicle data can also be displayed, as well as the current navigation route with corresponding additional information. The Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment system can also be used to enter the destination for the PCM navigation system. And the scope of functions is further increased for rear passengers thanks to access to all the products of the Google® Play Store. The Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment system can be controlled via the touchscreens or via PCM. The system uses the Android operating system. It features 32 GB of internal flash memory, which can be extended by means of a microSD card. The touchscreens also feature a camera for conducting video calls and chats.

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