Smart Tires Will Predict Flats and Blowouts
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Smart tires will predict flats and blowouts, as tire manufacturers come up with new ideas to replace conventional black rubber tires. It will be brilliant for the rubber tires to do more than just roll down the highway and send alerts to your smartphone when your tires need to be replaced.

Pirello, an Italian tire manufacturer visualizes tires that can sense changes on the street, predict hazardous situations, and can intervene if necessary. We can witness some of these concepts in action where the tires are embedded with sensors that can identify damage signs early.

Advantages of Smart Tires

The new smart tires offer two-fold benefits, as the tire manufacturers can get valuable information based on the driver’s behavior. This data can be further used to enhance their products. While consumers will benefit from the futuristic features giving them real-time information on their smartphones.

According to David Shaw, chief executive of consultancy Tire Industry Research, “Tire sensors know how you’re driving, where you’re driving and how quickly the tire is wearing down. If you get a puncture or blowout, then it can phone home and organize a service stop for you. But most importantly, they want to get the data.”

Large transport trucks are already using tires with next-generation tire sensors and now are making their way onto high-end consumer vehicles. Mclaren earlier this year announced a hybrid supercar with computer chip-loaded tires. These tires warn the drivers when they approach the tire’s maximum speed rating.

Goodyear is another tire manufacturer that uses smart tires on light commercial vehicles such as package delivery vans. A push by the company to add connectivity to all its tires by 2027 enabling low-end consumer cars to one day have tires built to predict breakdowns and alert drivers of wear.

Goodyear will launch its new sensor-equipped tires under the brand name SightLine and offer software that will alert treadwear and tire pressure.

Goodyear’s tire sensors will arrive on light commercial vehicles later this year

Chris Helsel, chief technology officer and senior vice president, global operations at Goodyear, “Think of it as a Fitbit for the tire, much like smartwatches that monitor vitals like heart rates and oxygen levels, SightLine’s tire intelligence monitors the health of a tire.”

How Smart Tires Will Work?

With more and more cars being operated without drivers in the future we can expect them to be more aware of their environment might enhance safety. Tires will be mounted with internet-connected sensors, similar to Goodyear’s tires that are thin, with a round chip around the size of a quarter barely visible.

While the tires are constantly in contact with the road the internal sensors process information about road temperature, tire pressure, traction, and vehicle acceleration. This data is sent to the cloud via a built-in telematics device.

Algorithms derived from the data will forecast problems likely to occur. Users will receive an alert on their smartphone in case the system detects and determines a blowout and where you can get it fixed.

According to Goodyear, the latest tech will cost an additional $96 annually to the operating cost of a new vehicle. The new tire tech will hit the roads within two years on passenger vehicles, while it will be rolled out for light delivery vehicles this summer.

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