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Apr 12, 2001

Porsche has announced that its forthcoming 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S will support Apple's CarPlay platform. According to Moto Trend (via AppleInsider), Porsche selected CarPlay over Android Auto because under the agreement of partnering with Google, certain amounts of data would have been sent to the search giant.


Some of this data would have included vehicle speed, throttle position, and engine revs, all points of information that would constantly be flowing back to Google's headquarters each time a driver gets in the car. Comparatively, all Apple's CarPlay requires to know is whether the car is accelerating while the system is being used.
There's no technological reason the 991/2 doesn't have Android Auto playing through its massively upgraded PCM system. But there is an ethical one. As part of the agreement an automaker would have to enter with Google, certain pieces of data must be collected and mailed back to Mountain View, California. Stuff like vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs--basically Google wants a complete OBD2 dump whenever someone activates Android Auto. Not kosher, says Porsche.
Porsche's reasoning behind the decision points to not wanting to share the information with Google that could include the ingredients to its "secret sauce that makes its cars special," along with the fact that Google is reportedly building its own car at the moment. A few other vehicle manufacturers have announced support for CarPlay, but the service is just this year beginning to see a wider release despite being announced -- as "iOS in the Car" -- over two years ago.

Article Link: Porsche Chooses CarPlay Over Android Auto Due to Google's Data Collection Policy

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macrumors 6502
Dec 12, 2012
Who care about Google and their restrictions!
Bring CarPlay to the current generation of Porsches (Cayenne in my case) make us happy!


macrumors 6502
Jan 3, 2008
Porsche realizes that it's users are divided into 2 groups- those that drive their cars like they are supposed to be driven, and slowpoke posers. The first group doesn't want to get on the red-list for future surveillance or ratted on by google-cars.


macrumors 603
Nov 4, 2008
Maybe they just care about their customers privacy (Germany is much more concerned with that stuff than we are over here in the U.S.).

Seems like a rational choice from a privacy standpoint.
A rational choice from a consumer standpoint is giving them the option of either. Then you can choose privacy if you want it, (and think it really exists).


macrumors 6502a
Dec 8, 2007
A rational choice from a consumer standpoint is giving them the option of either. Then you can choose privacy if you want it, (and think it really exists).

Not in this case as stated in the article. Porsche doesn't want Google to get the data from their cars. Which they feel is a competitive advantage that they don't want to share. Google won't budge on their requirements of data collection - one of the reasons Apple Maps was created.

If it was just general user data then sure, they could provide an option.


This article shows just how out of touch users on this tech focused forum are about privacy and data collection. Never mind Joe Average on the street.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 18, 2014
Living Dangerously in Retirement
I thought they had a minibus in their range. It’s called the Cayenne I think?
The Cayenne is just a disguised Tank. At least thats what the local Mommy's taking their little Tristrams and Ophelias to school seem to think. No one, I repeat no one gets in their way.

all that Porsche need to do is start selling one with Tiger or Leopard paint jobs.
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