Porsche’s new ‘connected car’ service, Porsche Connect, launches with the 2017 Panamera sedan. As you can see in this video, it’s one of the comprehensive such services on the market.
For now, it’s only compatible with Apple devices and as such Apple Car Play can be used on the Panamera’s infotainment system, giving access to all your apps.
As we’ve come to expect from these things, various of the car’s functions can be operated remotely, including the door locks and lights. And destinations can be set on your device that are automatically pinged across to the satnav when you get in. There’s also a ‘find my car’ feature, if you need it. Which you really shouldn’t.
The satnav itself has many tricks up its sleeve. The huge, 12.3-inch, pin-sharp touchscreen responds to pinch-and-zoom, and displays Google Street View and Google Earth. Not to mention real-time traffic information.
Then there's the multitudinous infotainment services. Like a news feed, which you obviously shouldn't read while driving, so the system reads it out to you. It also has access to flight info (just type in a flight number), parking info, weather, and nearby fuel prices. It is, essentially, a four-wheeled personal assistant. With 560 horsepower.
On top of that lot, the infotainment is available with a Wi-Fi hotspot, 10 gigabytes of hard disk storage, plus two SD card slots and USB ports. Seems like you could easily substitute a Panamera for an office. Or your house.
The 2017 Porsche Panamera is expected to go on sale later this year, after its public debut at the Paris Motor Show.