ParkAssist front and rear is standard in all Panamera models. With six front end sensors and four sensors in the rear end, the system audibly alerts the driver to the presence of obstacles detected behind the vehicle. An intermittent warning tone increases rapidly as the obstacle is approached. The audible alert is supplemented by a visual warning in the central display screen which provides a graphical representation of the vehicle’s proximity to obstacles.
The optional reversing camera facilitates precise reverse parking and maneuvering. Help is provided in the form of the camera image and the dynamic, superimposed guidelines on the PCM screen, which illustrate the predicted course of the vehicle given the current position of the steering wheel.
The optionally available Surround View system supplements the reversing camera with three more high-resolution cameras – one in the front apron and one in each lower trim of the exterior mirrors. Based on the information supplied by all four cameras, the system generates a virtual bird’s eye view of the car and displays it on the PCM screen. This provides additional assistance to the driver when parking and manoeuvring because even low-level obstacles to the front and side of the vehicle can be detected. It is also possible to switch between various camera views to improve visibility, for example at narrow exits.
Cruise control is fitted as standard for added driver comfort on long stretches of road. Cruise control operates in the 18 to 149 mph speed range and is selected using a button on the steering column control stalk.
Available as an option, this enhanced version of cruise control regulates the speed of your vehicle in line with the speed of the vehicle in front. A radar sensor inside in the front end scans the road ahead up to a distance of .12 miles. Imagine you’ve selected a cruising speed but have begun to gain on the vehicle in front because it is driving more slowly – the system reduces the speed of your vehicle by restricting throttle or gently applying the brakes until your chosen distance from the vehicle in front is maintained. For safety reasons, the driver should always be prepared to intervene manually if heavier braking is required. If the vehicle ahead slows further, adaptive cruise control will decelerate your Panamera accordingly – even down to a halt. As soon as the road ahead clears, your vehicle will accelerate back up to the cruising speed originally set. Selectable cruising speeds range from 30 to 210 km/h. To pull away after an automatic stop, simply press the control lever or depress the accelerator pedal. If desired, the driver can enable the integrated stop-and-go function, which automates stopping and pulling away in congested traffic.
Safety is further improved by Porsche Active Safe (PAS). If you are approaching the vehicle in front too quickly, you will be prompted to take the necessary action by an audible and visual warning as well as a jolt of the brakes. The system may also intervene with targeted braking applications and act to boost brake pressure as the situation demands, even to the point of the maximum braking force that the system is able to provide.
Optional Lane Change Assist uses radar sensors to monitor the areas to the rear of your vehicle and the blind spots on either side. Above a speed of 18 mph, the system issues a visual warning signal in the exterior mirrors whenever a vehicle rapidly approaches your vehicle from behind or enters one of your blind spots. This improves comfort and safety, particularly on motorways. However, LCA does not actively intervene to control the vehicle and can be deactivated at any time.
A camera inside the rear-view mirror casing monitors the road surface in front of the vehicle. If enabled, the system will sound a warning tone whenever you steer towards a divider line marking and threaten to leave the current lane without indicating.