And now, the connected tyre

And now, the connected tyre

Working with Microsoft, Bridgestone has developed a claimed unique Tyre Damage Monitoring System, using the former's Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP).

The tyre maker is claiming a world first for the monitoring system for detecting tyre damage issues in real time.

"These issues are a serious matter, contributing to some 30% of all car accidents caused by technical failure," it said.

The four main tyre issues of inadequate pressure, fatigue, irregular wear, and damage from curbs, potholes, or items on the road can already be reliably mitigated against with TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring systems) which have been mandatory in all cars built since 2012 and help avoid low-pressure problems.

The exception, Bridgestone said, has been tyre damage which often cannot be detected without close, manual inspection, and which can potentially occur at any time.

Its Tyre Damage Monitoring System delivers real time awareness of damage.

It uses MCVP's cloud framework together with existing sensor data from hardware that is already installed and uses algorithms to detect events affecting the tyre surface and carcass.

The driver can then be immediately notified of the hazard.

Bridgestone claims there currently is no other equivalent monitoring system available on the market and alternatives would require extra hardware to be installed.

The system understands when damage has occurred and also where which allows broader insight into road conditions and infrastructure which can be used to alert agencies responsible for road damage issues to the presence and location of potholes and other hazards.

Future autonomous vehicles could also be beneficiaries of the system as vehicles pass information about local hazards to others in the vicinity, as well as cloud data stores.

The Tyre Damage Monitoring System is available to all vehicle fleets and OEMs which use MCVP.

The partnership with Microsoft also enables Bridgestone to further develop its product to meet the requirements of fleets and key OEMs.

MCVP provides one consistent, cloud connected, horizontal platform across digital scenarios on top of which customer facing products can be built  including infotainment, navigation, autonomous driving, telematics and prediction services, as well as over the air (OTA) updates.

MCVP will provide Bridgestone with a digital infrastructure that will accelerate delivery of connected mobility products.