Don't miss the latest stories
Porsche Creates ‘Digital Twin’ Of Your Car So You Can Tell When To Get Repairs
By Alexa Heah, 05 Nov 2021
Image via Porsche
Porsche is introducing a new concept to help drivers more easily identify if their vehicles require service.
Dubbed a ‘digital twin’, each car will come with a virtual copy of itself, which will make use of an algorithm to predict when it’ll next require maintenance, depending on an individual’s driving style.
According to Engadget, the predictive system is so advanced, it can even anticipate faults in a vehicle before they appear. This could help drivers get problems fixed before they become bigger and more costly, and will help the brand’s vehicles stay safer on the road.
The feature, which involves sensors embedded into the vehicle, creates a virtual replica of the car, enabling the system to record data and monitor the car’s performance without having to perform real-world tests. As per FutureCar, the algorithm will not only recommend the type of services a vehicle needs, but also the scope of the work that needs to be done.
The luxury automaker is expected to officially launch the first ‘digital twin’ sometime next year. Currently, half of Taycan owners have signed up for a pilot program that will monitor the electric vehicle’s air suspension. If any of the cars exceed the limits set by Porsche, its driver will be informed to bring the car in for servicing.
In addition, this system could be used to make car valuations more transparent. Other than keeping drivers updated, the algorithm could help evaluate a used car’s value without bias, suggesting an accurate selling price based on the vehicle’s condition.
For drivers who are worried about being traced, Porsche has promised its data will be collected anonymously, so no identifying information will be recorded by the system.
Could a ‘digital twin’ be the next frontier of road safety? With companies now aiming to address potential problems before they occur, systems such as Porsche’s could be the next step towards reducing road accidents.
[via Engadget and FutureCar, cover image Porsche]
More related news
Also check out these recent news