Just a few weeks again, we visited the Porsche Taycan manufacturing facility in Stuttgart and drove a Taycan 4S Cross Turismo on again roads and the autobahn for a day – good occasions!
However we additionally attended a workshop outlining a number of the firm’s upcoming tech, and one thing actually caught our consideration.
It is known as Porsche Digital Twin, and it is about to considerably change the way in which we work together with our EVs (and ICE vehicles alike).
What’s a digital twin?
Wikipedia defines a digital twin as “a digital illustration that serves because the real-time digital counterpart of a bodily object or course of”. Right here, the bodily object is a Porsche automobile (naturally), and the real-time digital counterpart consists of anonymized sensor knowledge – largely chassis knowledge from the suspension, steering, and brake sensors – gathered with the client’s express permission.
Porsche aggregates this sensor knowledge within the automobile, then sends the anonymized knowledge to the cloud through the automobile’s LTE (and shortly 5G) connection.
As soon as within the cloud, this knowledge is analyzed utilizing machine studying, and in contrast with the information from different Porsche vehicles.
All Porsche automobiles and repair facilities then have entry to this knowledge, which permits some very attention-grabbing new performance for the client.
Car upkeep advantages
This digital twin tech gives rapid advantages for automobile upkeep. By evaluating the information in your automobile with present knowledge from the automobile fleet, Porsche can advocate when your automobile wants service, and recommend making a upkeep appointment, if mandatory.
This enables Porsche to optimize service intervals for every automobile and ship a customized upkeep schedule for every buyer.
As well as, this digital twin tech can predict when a automobile would require service primarily based on driving occasions. Here is a well-recognized instance. You are driving alongside whenever you all of a sudden discover a pothole that you may’t keep away from, and also you hit it arduous.
Every little thing appears high quality – your automobile drives the identical and there is no seen harm to the wheels or tires. At this level, you’d most likely ebook a upkeep appointment simply in case, proper?
With assist from this digital twin tech, your automobile is ready to evaluate the suspension sensor knowledge it captured throughout this pothole incident with knowledge from different Porsche automobiles that skilled an identical driving occasion and decide if and when the adaptive dampers (or different chassis elements) will want substitute, then supply to ebook a upkeep appointment. You get peace of thoughts, and technicians get extra correct data.
One other use case for this digital twin tech is for purchasers who typically take their Porsche vehicles to the observe. Based mostly on present knowledge from the automobile fleet on the observe location, your automobile can preemptively recommend what put on gadgets will want changing and when, then recommend making a service appointment for you.
In flip, this helps Porsche preserve extra exact upkeep data and will increase your automobile’s resale worth.
Whereas Porsche gaining access to knowledge about driving occasions or observe use might sound invasive to some individuals, be mindful the information collected within the cloud is anonymized, and this digital twin tech is opt-in.
Plus, Porsche’s been storing engine well being knowledge (like over revs) in its engine computer systems a few a long time now. That knowledge is well scanned utilizing consumer-grade instruments, and sometimes checked when shopping for a second-hand automobile.
Actual-time highway floor evaluation
What’s much more thrilling is what this digital twin tech will carry to the desk for Porsche prospects sooner or later.
By monitoring chassis knowledge in real-time and evaluating it to the information from the automobile fleet, your automobile will have the ability to detect if the stretch of highway you are at present driving on – or are about to succeed in – is extra slippery than regular or reveals poor traction on account of poor climate or floor contaminants.
Your automobile will then have the ability to warn you with a chime and message on the instrument show whereas concurrently bettering grip by adjusting the soundness and traction management settings (plus different drivetrain parameters) accordingly.
If different Porsche automobiles on the highway forward of you expertise poor traction, your automobile may replace your navigation path to keep away from the affected space, or recommend you drop you out of Sport+ mode.
As a bonus, your automobile’s chassis knowledge – when in comparison with knowledge from different Porsche vehicles – can present considerably extra correct tire-pressure monitoring and even tire-wear sensing, so you may count on this digital twin tech to finally substitute present tire stress sensors and (extra typically) different widespread put on sensors present in at the moment’s automobiles. In order you may see, this digital twin tech is a giant deal.
Up to now, about half of Taycan homeowners have already volunteered their knowledge (which is at present restricted to suspension sensor knowledge) for the upcoming rollout of Porsche’s digital twin tech someday in 2022. We’ll be masking this because it develops, so keep tuned.