Bridgestone has joined forces with Microsoft to develop a world-first monitoring system that will alert drivers to tyre damage in real-time.
Not only that, it can also flag potholes and other hazards causing tyre damage to the agencies responsible for foxing them.
Bridgestone says the diagnostic technology closes a crucial safety gap.
Tyre issues take four main forms: inadequate pressure, fatigue, irregular wear, and lastly, damage from curbs, potholes, or items on the road.
Tyre pressure monitoring systems, regular service and replacing tyres to guard against wear and fatigue cover most of those bases.
But tyre damage often cannot be detected without close, manual inspection, and can potentially occur at any time.
Damaged tyres can lead to accidents. They can also adversely affect other vehicle components, such as causing damage to the wheels, and thus create a further source of potential danger to motorists..
Bridgestone’s Tyre Damage Monitoring System delivers real-time awareness of damage.
It uses Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) 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 and act accordingly to remedy the situation.
Bridgestone says the system not only understands when damage has occurred, but also where.
It thus allows broader insight into road conditions and infrastructure, which can be used to alert the 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.
Bridgestone’s new Tyre Damage Monitoring System is available to all vehicle fleets and OEM’s that use MCVP.