The technology at play here is astounding.
Porsche has one heck of an engineering team. It doesn't matter whether you're behind the wheel of a 911 or a Macan SUV - virtually every Porsche lives up to the brand's high standards by offering a driving experience that's second to none. Behind the scenes, Porsche also pushes the boundaries of technology in every facet, be it in the development of high-performance battery cells or 3D-printed bucket seats. The latest creation from Porsche's team of wizards is a digital twin concept known as a 'chassis twin'. The basis of the digital twin is that it'll help Porsche predict maintenance issues before they even pop up.
The digital twin is essentially a virtual copy of an existing object; in this case, that object is your car. It allows Porsche to obtain data about specific components over time. Each vehicle's digital twin will also collect data when, for instance, unexpected repairs are made to the car. The reason that Porsche software specialists have focused on a chassis twin is simply that it's a vital part of any car, especially a sports car with components likely subjected to high loads during track use. CARIAD, a standalone software automotive company that falls under the VW umbrella, is managing the project that is also being used for other Volkswagen Group vehicles. Porsche is already using a digital chassis from a Porsche Taycan for its first practical testing scenario.
The project will monitor the various components of the Taycan's air suspension, with data then transmitted via Porsche Connect to the central back-end system. The data from a specific vehicle will then be compared with fleet data, and this is how Porsche can pick up any issues and warn the driver that an inspection is required. Porsche says that approximately half of all Taycan customers have agreed to partake in the pilot project. It'll allow the automaker to pick up patterns and quickly make adjustments in the workshop. For example, if many vehicles are wearing out their tires more quickly than they should, the issue could be traced to a track misalignment. The potential of the technology is broad and takes the concept of preventative maintenance into the digital era.