Porsche intensifies its cooperation with the Israeli technology company Tactile Mobility.
Porsche intensifies its cooperation with the Israeli technology company Tactile Mobility.
( Source: Porsche)

Digitalization Porsche invests in software start-up from Israel

Editor: Florian Richert

Porsche confirms its cooperation with the Israeli start-up Tactile Mobility with a minority stake. The software specialist simulates an artificial sense of touch that is to be used in production vehicles in the future.

Porsche is intensifying its cooperation with the technology company Tactile Mobility with a minority holding. In addition to Porsche, Union Tech Ventures and existing investors participated in the current financing round of the Israeli start-up. The Zuffenhausen-based company did not disclose the amount of the investment. Tactile Mobility, based in Haifa, is a provider of tactile data.

To do this, an algorithm processes existing information from various sensors to simulate a tactile sense. For example, tactile data can be used to better estimate the coefficient of friction between the tire and the road when driving. Porsche also anticipates further potential in predictive maintenance and the optimization of battery management. The integration of the technology into production vehicles is envisaged for the beginning of the next decade.

Tactile Mobility's method helps us to gain additional information about the condition of vehicles and roads - beyond conventional sensors.

Michael Steiner, Member of the Board for Research and Development at Porsche

According to the company, in a further development stage, the software will be able to provide data on the vehicle itself, for example on engine and brake efficiency and fuel consumption. This allows conclusions to be drawn about the wear condition of various vehicle components.

The software will also determine road conditions and quickly detect changes in road conditions to prepare other vehicles in the fleet for these changes, for example on slippery roads. With the data obtained, municipalities and road authorities could, for example, plan maintenance work or efficiently use spreading and clearing services.

This article was first published in German by Automobil Industrie.