Look at some of makaloco's videos here & in the General Tech stickies for a lot more info. on how it works & what some repairs entail.Took mine to the dealer this morning. The software re-flash performed last Nov. worked for a while, but this summer the trans behaved particularly poorly. The service rep called this afternoon to say that they were going to install the new clutch pack & seals, and that I should have the car back next week.
I wish there was more posted about the Adaptive Learning technology in these transmissions and what it senses and responds to. What is the risk to the powertrain if there was no Adaptive Learning? Excessive clutch pack wear? Do other commercial DCTs utilize a form of Adaptive Learning as well?
The largest portion of the "adaptive learning" IMHO is the adaptation/adjustment to the specific clutches once installed & as they wear in. This would be necessary for proper operation of any automated clutch system. There is also supposed to be some adaptation to driving style, and that is a constantly changing 'adaptation" - eg. light throttle gets a different reaction than flooring it, and it'll tend toward "softer" shifts when throttle application is usually light.