Yokohama Rubber says it is conducting joint R&D on passenger car tyre sensors with Alps Alpine.

Yokohama is carrying out R&D with a view to developing a solutions business which uses digital tools to process and manage data about tyre wear and road surface conditions in addition to its previous R&D on tyre pressure monitoring.

"We believe it is also important to develop systems and applications that provide data obtained from tyres to drivers and certain other parties," said a Yokohama statement. "Such systems and apps are widely expected to add value to new tyre business.

"Accordingly, we are accelerating the development of tyre sensors through a joint development effort with Alps Alpine."

Alps Alpine, established in 1948, is an electronic components manufacturer which develops, manufactures and sells information and communications components used in smartphones and other devises, in-vehicle audio equipment, as well as information and communications equipment.

In addition to sensor development, Alps Alpine has system design and software development capabilities.

Yokohama is showcasing CASE-compliant new technologies at the Tokyo Motor Show.