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Porsche Communication Management (PCM)

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Porsche Communication Management (PCM)

Porsche Communication Management (PCM)

PCM is your central information and communication system. It is powerful and multifunctional, yet easy to operate.

The focal point is the intuitive 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen. Almost all functions can be controlled with just your fingertips, although conventional rotary pushbutton controls are still provided. Radio functions include up to 42 memory presets, dynamic autostore and the FM dual tuner with RDS diversity, which continuously scans in the background for the best signal. The CD/DVD drive plays CDs and audio DVDs and is MP3-compatible. A six-disc CD/DVD autochanger integrated into PCM is available as an option.

Fitted in the glove compartment as standard, the universal audio interface (USB) enables you to connect and even charge your iPod® or any other compatible audio source of your choice. The iPod® or a USB stick can be operated conveniently and safely via PCM, the optional multifunction steering wheel or the optional voice control system.

By means of the USB socket, it is also possible to download data from the performance display of the Sport Chrono Package, as well as data from the electronic logbook. In the opposite direction, you can transfer up to 5,000 tracks in MP3 format to the 40 GB internal hard drive of PCM and create your own jukebox. Playback of recognised podcast and audiobook formats is supported and cover art is displayed.

The navigation module of PCM with high-speed hard drive allows you to choose between a 2D display and a 3D perspective. In some regions, even buildings can be displayed in 3D as well as terrain with satellite image overlay.

Split screen mode enables you to view two functions at once, such as the current navigation map and a list of symbols that represent the next navigation instruction. The navigation module also features dynamic route guidance, which recalculates the route in response to official traffic messages (TMC) and information from traffic flow sensors (TMC Pro*).

Electronic logbook

An electronic logbook is available for PCM as an option. It enables automatic logging for every journey of mileage, route distance, date, time, starting location and destination. After you have downloaded your logbooks from the PCM via the USB or Bluetooth® interface, you can evaluate the data on your home PC using the software supplied. The software fulfils all statutory requirements for automatic logbooks as specified by the German revenue authorities.

TV tuner**

The optional TV tuner for PCM is capable of receiving unencrypted analogue and digital television broadcasts (DVB-T) to provide entertainment between journeys. For your safety, the TV picture is switched off while the car is in motion.

Voice control system

To get what you want, you like to get straight to the point. Almost all of the functions of PCM can be controlled using the optional voice control system with word-by-word input. The menu item is read aloud exactly as it is displayed on the screen and the voice control system recognises commands or sequences of numbers, whoever the speaker. It then gives an audible acknowledgement and carries out the functions you request. There is no need to ‘train’ the system.

Telephone module***

The optional quadband GSM telephone module offers convenience and excellent reception. By inserting a SIM card directly into the integral SIM card reader of CDR Plus or PCM, calls can be made using the hands-free facility. For even more convenience, the Bluetooth® capability of a mobile phone can be used to make calls via the SIM Access Profile (SAP). Once automatic pairing is complete, the mobile phone’s aerial is switched off to conserve battery charge and the phone operates via the car aerial. Depending on the mobile phone model, this gives access not only to the numbers on the SIM card, but also to the phone’s internal memory. Depending on the phone, it can also be controlled using CDR Plus or PCM, the optional multifunction steering wheel or the optional voice control system, without it ever leaving your pocket.

In addition, the telephone module enables you to establish a Bluetooth® link with those mobile phones that only support the Handsfree Profile (HFP). In this case, the GSM connection is always established through the aerial of the mobile phone. CDR Plus or PCM acts as a hands-free system and you can leave the mobile phone tucked away. On request, a telephone module with cordless handset is also available for PCM.

Stored in the centre console, it features a display and keypad. However, the handset cannot be used for Bluetooth® links established using the Handsfree Profile (HFP).

* TMC Pro available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

** Only in conjunction with PCM. For receiving digital TV signals (DVB-T and MPEG-2 encoded signals) where available.

*** Only in conjunction with CDR Plus or PCM. Mobile phone preparation or telephone module in HFP mode: the use of a mobile phone inside a car may cause an increase in the interior electromagnetic field strength and, accordingly, in the electromagnetic radiation to which passengers are exposed. If a cradle is used to mount the mobile phone, the field strength in the passenger compartment can be reduced because the phone can be connected up to the external aerial (feature depends on how specific mobile phones connect to the cradle). For information about the availability of a cradle for your mobile phone, please contact your Porsche Centre. The use of the telephone module for PCM via Bluetooth® SAP connection or with inserted SIM card prevents exposure to electromagnetic radiation as only the car’s external aerial is ever used.