From September Porsche drivers will be able to access important traffic information in real time. All new vehicles with Porsche Communication Management (PCM 3.1) and the option "online services" can be connected with a smartphone and offer the new traffic service without any additional charge.
The advantage of using this system is that it does not only process data from offcial traffic news and additional traffic flow sensors, it also uses a much larger database, including the GPS data of numerous mobile telephones. This data originates from INRIX, a technology firm specialising in the collection and analysis of traffic data in real time.
The real-time traffic information gives drivers a constant overview of the current traffic volume in their vicinity, at their destination and along the route entered in the navigation menu. The continuous updating of data at short intervals ensures that changes to the traffic situation are shown with virtually no delay. The coloured representation enables drivers to grasp the current traffic situation intuitively and at a glance: green roads stand for flowing traffic, yellow for stop-and-go and red for routes with traffic jams.
To activate the new service drivers simply need to download the free “Aha radio” app onto their smartphone via Apple iTunes® or Google play® and connect it with PCM. Shortly after establishing a connection the PCM navigation map shows the current traffic situation.
This complimentary service is available in 14 European countries.