Porsche Embraces Android-Based Infotainment System With Google Built-In

Around the middle of the decade, Porsche will launch a new infotainment system with Google built-in

October 31, 2023 at 20:17

Thanks to a new partnership with Google, models introduced around the middle of the decade will have a modern operating system that allows easy access to Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store. The latter is particularly noteworthy as it will give Porsche drivers access to a wide variety of apps such as Amazon Music, Spotify, and iHeart Radio – among others.

Porsche didn’t go into many specifics, but suggested many of the changes will be hidden from view as “customers will continue to find the familiar user interface of the Porsche Communication Management system.” However, customers can expect a vastly improved experience thanks to natural language voice commands, voice-based texting, and built-in Google Maps.

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Porsche Chairman Oliver Blume said, “In addition to timeless design and exceptional performance” customers “want a seamless digital experience.” He added, “This blended ecosystem results from the integration of platforms and apps that customers know from their end devices.”

Google’s Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, expanded on that by saying “We’re excited to partner with Porsche on their goal to bring innovative and helpful in-vehicle experiences to their customers. With an infotainment experience built on Android, drivers will be able to access the latest Google technologies and services in tandem with the best of Porsche design and branding.”

While Porsche and Google are shacking up, the automaker suggested the relationship isn’t exclusive. Quite the opposite as in the future,

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Google Maps on Android Auto now fully embraces your EV

Google Maps often comes in handy when you are driving around in your car to make essential pit stops like at restaurants and gas stations. But electric vehicles have slightly different requirements — they don’t need gas! Despite knowing this, Google Maps has still been suggesting the gas stations category at the top when using Android Auto. Thankfully, Google is finally fixing this glaring issue on EVs.

When searching Google Maps on Android Auto, there is a Categories section with some shortcuts to quickly find commonly searched places like restaurants and hotels. Gas stations have always been on top of this list, ironically, even on electric vehicles.


According to the German blog SmartDroid, Android Auto on your EV will now swap this search category for charging stations, as it should’ve done from the beginning. This will make it easy to quickly get directions to the nearest charging station when you’re in a pinch without having to awkwardly type the query on your car’s screen or summon Google Assistant.

Google has lately been making Maps more EV-friendly, like with an Android Auto setting to manually enable EV-specific features in Google Maps. You will have to enable this option to see the new quick-access search category for nearby charging stations. With this, Android Auto also lets you select the kind of charging plug your car has to accurately suggest a station that is compatible with your car and will provide the fastest charging speeds.

As far as EVs go, you will find better Maps integration on cars with Google built-in. With Google’s own software powering the car, Maps has access to more vital details like the current charge level to better plan your route so that you aren’t left stranded.

We cannot say for sure if the new charging station

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