“We use a wide variety of technologies to develop and test the intelligent and connected vehicle of tomorrow,” says Dirk Lappe, CTO of Porsche Engineering. “Game Engines have a crucial role to play here, alongside artificial intelligence. They train driver assistance systems with synthetic sensor data. So every scenario and eventuality can be played out in detail.”
The algorithms of driver assistance systems require a lot of training and validation – and yet not every event that needs to be tested occurs during real test drives. “Drives simulated with the help of Game Engines have the advantage that they can be repeated as often as required and can be controlled down to the smallest detail. In addition to real and virtual tests, Porsche Engineering also implements mixed forms: a real vehicle can react to virtual objects, for example.
The use of Game Engines extends beyond the training of driver assistance systems: in vehicle design, they are used to reduce the number of real prototypes and thus save time and costs. For this purpose, Porsche Engineering uses the Visual Engineering Tool developed in-house, which can be used on the basis of CAD data and augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) goggles to clarify questions about the optimal arrangement of components, for example, quickly and cost-effectively.
Game Engines will also further enhance the customer's buying experience in the future. Porsche is currently testing a so-called Virtual Reality Car Configurator. In the future, customers in Porsche Centers will see an almost photorealistic, three-dimensional simulation of their configured vehicle via a gaming PC with connected VR glasses.
With the new development methods, new types of employees are also making their way into the automotive industry. “Software developers with a gaming background are shaping the future of mobility, as are mechanical engineers and AI experts,” Lappe continues. “The intelligent and connected vehicle is created by combining world-class automotive expertise with software expertise. We’re car geeks who love to program at the same time.”
About Porsche Engineering
Porsche Engineering Group GmbH is an international technology partner to the automotive industry. The subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG is developing the intelligent and connected vehicle of the future for its customers – including functions and software. Around 1,500 engineers and software developers are dedicated to the latest technologies, for example in the fields of highly automated driving functions, e-mobility and high-voltage systems, connectivity, and artificial intelligence. They are carrying the tradition of Ferdinand Porsche’s design office, founded in 1931, into the future and developing the digital vehicle technologies of tomorrow. In doing so, they combine in-depth vehicle expertise with digital and software expertise.