Porsche releases first software update for Taycan owners, but must visit dealership to install

Porsche Taycan

More than a year after it was first released, Porsche Taycan owners can expect to receive their first free software update soon.

Porsche announced the software update on their website today, saying “it includes improvements to driving dynamics, new intelligent charging functions, additional functions for the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system and additional Porsche Connect features.”

Unlike Tesla vehicles that can update over-the-air (OTA), Taycan owners will have to visit a Porsche Centre to receive the new features. According to Porsche, this is because the drive components and transmission needs fine tuning and calibration after the completion of the update.

Here is a full list of features included in the software update.

Smartlift

One of the new features included in the update is Smartlift. This gives the Taycan the ability to automatically adjust the ride height at certain recurring locations like road humps or garage driveway.

Chassis Control

Also included is optimized chassis control, which increases acceleration through improved slip control. This improves the 0-200km/h time by 0.2 seconds.

Charging Planner

Like Tesla’s in-car navigation, Taycan owners can now receive a notification when their car has reached the necessary charge level to reach their destination. Owners can also set the charge level they want the car to reach their destination with, helping to reduce range anxiety.

Porsche is also adding a new Battery-Saving Charging function which can reduce the charging capacity from 270kW to 200kW.

Navigation Improvements

The in-car navigation now displays online information directly on the map, as well as live traffic information.

Apple Podcasts & Apple Music Lyrics

Logging in with your Apple ID now gives owners the ability to access the Apple Podcasts (including video streaming) and Apple Music Lyrics functions.

Functions on Demand (FoD)

Additional updates are available to owners, but they’ll have to pay for them through the Functions on Demand (FoD) system. Owners can either purchase or take a monthly subscription on features like Power Steering Plus, Active Lane Keep Assist and Porsche InnoDrive.

Opting for the monthly subscriptions gives owners a free three-month trial of the update.

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