A software update for the Porsche Taycan it will create a “digital twin” of individual cars for remote monitoring and data analysis, Porsche announced last week.
These “twins” will be created using data from onboard sensors as well as maintenance and repair information, the automaker explained in a press release. The goal is to use the data to improve individual vehicles and the entire fleet.
For example, a software algorithm could follow a customer’s driving style and vehicle usage patterns and recommend customized maintenance intervals based on that data. The data could also be used to predict the potential wear and tear of components, finding out exactly when they need to be replaced.
The digital twin function will initially be used to monitor the Taycan’s air suspension, alerting customers if component wear exceeds preset limits and advising them to take their cars to a service center for inspection. This initial pilot program requires customers to join, and about half of customers with eligible vehicles have done so so far, Porsche said, adding that only components directly related to the air suspension will be monitored.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S chassis
“The technology will be rolled out via over-the-air update for the entire Taycan fleet with the appropriate suspension configuration installed as soon as we have collected enough fleet data to make sure the algorithms are working correctly for each customer,” Porsche Cars North America said. spokesman Calvin Kim said Motor Authority. The system uses sensors already on the vehicle, so no additional sensors are needed, Kim said.
Customers will have the option to deselect data collection at any time, Kim said.
Following the launch of this initial version next year, Porsche plans to add more features, including using fleet data to detect potential problems and recommend new maintenance procedures.
For model year 2022, the Taycan receives a number of small updates. Android Auto joins the previous Apple CarPlay, a new paint sample customization program is available, and software changes have been made to improve speech recognition, charging and thermal management. Earlier this year, Porsche also released a software update for Taycan 2020 models to add features from the latest versions.