In the digitalization age, we come across a new definition of new technology almost every month. The digital twin is one of them, though we cannot say it is new, the digital twin concept was first proposed in the early 2000s. However, industries have been rapidly implementing this technology more and more every day.
Digital twin, in a simple explanation, is a virtual replica of the real thing. This thing can be machinery, or a situation, just like in the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the easiest ways to explain digital twin has been done to explain the effects of Covid-19, a pandemic that hit the world in 2020. (What a year, huh!) In March, when the virus was spreading rapidly, a digital twin was created to show different scenarios and results. (Link)
This digital demonstration is a perfect replica of real-life scenarios:
- If no measures are taken and people move around freely (like in a virus-free world)
- If social distancing implemented
- If forced quarantine implemented
The most effective result was shown as “social distancing”, and every country started implementing this immediately. Today, we see those who were successful in social distancing, having fewer new cases.
The digital twin has become a must for many industries, and automotive is just one of them. Volkswagen uses this technology to create digital 3D prototypes of their different car models prior to physical manufacturing.
This allows them to realize every aspect of the product in a safe (digital) environment and address issues if any. Imagine if there was no option for digital twin, then just like Samsung did a few years back, all manufacturers would be dealing with a recall from the market after launching their products. So we can easily say digital twin is a must and a lifesaver for many industries.
During quarantine, most of us watched a lot of series on Netflix, and one of them that I came across was “Salvation”. What grasped my attention is every time Darius Tanz had an idea to save the world, he was asking his AI assistant “Tess” to run a simulation of his idea in digital before he is convinced to move forward with actual manufacturing.
It is not far that we implement similar solutions to our day to day lives as digital twin becomes more accessible via many applications.