Porsche is intensifying its collaboration with Israeli technology company Tactile Mobility, one of the leaders in the field of ‘tactile data’, a software that simulates a sense of touch.
“Tactile Mobility’s method helps us collect additional information about the condition of vehicles and roads that goes beyond the information that can be obtained with conventional sensor systems,” explains Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche.
Tactile data can improve the assessment of the friction coefficient between tyres and the road surface, while additional potential for the technology lies in predictive servicing and optimisation of battery management.
Tactile Mobility’s software could also provide data on a car’s engine and brake efficiency or fuel consumption, making it possible to draw conclusions on the wear of different components. The applications of tactile data and sensing would go beyond individual vehicles too. If the software is able to determine road conditions and quickly identify a sudden change, such as a slippery surface, it could warn and prepare other vehicles in the network.
“We are very excited about the confidence that Porsche has in tactile data and virtual sensor systems,” says Amit Nisenbaum, CEO of Tactile Mobility. “This investment will cement our leadership in this growing segment. By equipping intelligent vehicles with the sense of ‘touch’ and the ability to analyse tactile data, we can contribute to further improve the driving experience and make it even safer.”
Tactile Mobility plans to use the funds to strengthen its development and sales activities and promote the collaboration with other automotive manufacturers, mobility service providers and road authorities in the US, Europe and Asia. Integration into production cars is planned for the beginning of the next decade.