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Porsche Connectivity: Looking to the future

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D ie how we operate the individual functions in the car and how the way technology communicates with people will change fundamentally over the next few years. Also at Porsche: Mechanical switches and buttons are already in retreat, the increasing number of convenience functions, driver assistants and infotainment modules could no longer be clearly displayed according to the classic 'one switch for one command' principle. Displays with touch-sensitive surfaces are on the advance. Operation via a screen is no longer limited to infotainment. Digital instruments behind the steering wheel offer new options for displaying information, and the air conditioning is also set using a touchscreen.

Voice and eye recognition

Voice control is also available in addition to touchscreen operation better and better. Through the use of artificial intelligence, language systems are constantly learning and understanding their users better and better over time. With eye recognition, there is another operating option in Mission E: A camera in the cockpit registers which display the driver is currently looking at. By pressing a button on the steering wheel, the driver starts the associated menu and navigates through it. So Porsche will soon read the wishes of its customers from their eyes in the truest sense of the word.

The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo study goes one step further: Although the dashboard is as it should be for a sports car with good It has an overview and is very flat, but in addition to the instruments, climate control and PCM (Porsche Communication Management), it has a fourth display in front of the passenger seat. Here, the passenger can access media content, for example stream a film or view live images from a drone.

The electrically powered aircraft with four rotors is housed in the trunk of the sporty crossover vehicle. From there, the drone can start remotely or autonomously and follow the vehicle for driving recordings. There is more than a gimmick behind this idea. In the future, a drone could transport a courier shipment or a package into the car during a stopover or deliver it to the recipient. The driver would not have to get out of the car.

The Cross Turismo was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in spring 2018. With the second body variantMission E-Basis, Porsche is responding to the growing demand for crossover vehicles. The 4.95 meter long study combines the drive train of its starting point with off-road design elements and plenty of space for sports equipment and luggage.

Charge the battery in around 15 minutes

The mission announced for the end of 2019 However, E does not only want to inspire with its operation and special ideas such as the piggyback drone. The first fully electric Porsche of the modern era should also convince brand fans with its powerful drive and a design that combines the classic Porsche line with futuristic elements. The production model will not look very different from the trade fair concept.

With over 440 kW (600 PS) and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km /h in just 3.5 seconds, the production model of the Porsche Mission E a thoroughbred sports car. But not only on the road, but also at the charging station, the model should demonstrate its sporting spirit. At a new 800-volt connection, the battery in the Porsche Mission E should be able to be charged to 80 percent in around 15 minutes. This means that a range of 400 kilometers is available. With a fully charged battery, more than 500 kilometers can be reached.

The study also shows that it is future-proof when it comes to networking with the Internet: the range of functions of the vehicle can be easily expanded via a software update via Porsche Car Connect. Before going on holiday, for example, a travel guide with information on sights along the route can be booked and loaded directly from the Internet into the navigation device. A temporarily increased engine output as an update is just as conceivable as the activation of more battery capacity before a longer journey.

The E-Hybrid models

However, the future music is already playing in the model range today from Porsche, even if you have to listen very carefully to hear them. Because the E-Hybrid models from Panamera and the new Cayenne drive almost silently in electric mode. The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can travel up to 51 kilometers with the energy from the lithium-ion battery. The hybrid system of the sporty upper-class model leaves no doubt about the Porsche genes. In conjunction with the V6 petrol engine, 340 kW (462 hp) of system output are available. The maximum torque is 700 Newton meters. Despite its sporty performance with a top speed of 278 km /h and a value of 4.6 seconds for the sprint to 100 km /h, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid consumes 2.5 liters of fuel and 15.9 kWh of electricity according to the NEDC standard 100 kilometers.

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is even more spirited. It combines the same 100 kW electric motor with a 404 kW (550 PS) V8 petrol engine. The system output of 500 kW (680 PS) and the maximum torque of 770 Newton meters are impressive even on paper.

The powerof a super sports car

With the significantly more powerful drive, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sprints even faster to 100 km /h: 3.4 seconds are enough for it, only at 310 kilometers per hour is the end. Its standard consumption is 2.9 liters of super and 16.2 kWh of electricity. Both Panamera E-Hybrid models are available either as a five-door hatchback sedan or as a Sport Turismo with a steeper rear end and a variable luggage compartment. Its volume is 425 liters.

Those who need more cargo space will find what they are looking for in the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid. The new model generation of the SUV is also offered in an electrified version. Here the 100 kW electric motor works in a team with a three-liter V6 petrol engine. Both provide a system output of 340 kW (462 hp) and 700 Newton meters of torque. When it comes to performance data, there is a tie with the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

According to the NEDC, the full-blown SUV, which can reach country road speed in 5.0 seconds and reach speeds of up to 253 km /h, is sufficient Standard 3.4 liters of liquid fuel and 20.9 kWh of electrons.

All part-time electricians from Porsche are already benefiting from the many functions of the Connect app. For example, the charge status of the lithium-ion battery can be called up via the app. In addition, route plans that were started on the smartphone can be sent to the car, where they can be seamlessly continued on the navigation system in the PCM. In order to drive emission-free as often as possible, charging options are displayed at the destination or along the route, whereupon they can be integrated into the route guidance.

In addition, you can specify the type of drive individually. The e-hybrid can use the combustion engine for propulsion on the autobahn and country roads, thus saving battery charge. From the city limits to the destination in the center, the hybrid then drives locally emission-free and does not have to fear any driving bans in the future.

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