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Tires that Talk

Insights from IOT-connected sensors can improve automotive safety and service.

A post from Dassault Systèmes reprinted here. By William J. Holstein

Tire manufacturers are already creating new types of tires optimized for emerging forms of mobility such as all-electric and fully autonomous vehicles. But by incorporating sensors, tires can add both value and safety to drivers by developing intelligence about driving behavior, tire status and road quality.

In Clermont, affectionately nicknamed “the Akron, Ohio, of France,” Pascal Zammit is creating the future of the tire.

As vice president of connected mobility for Michelin, the world’s largest tire company, Zammit is focused on helping Michelin connect millions of tires on vehicles on the road. By 2023, the company plans to expand the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) communications technology to link all its millions of new tires to the Internet of Things (IoT), which would ultimately enable drivers to be informed of their tires’ health and other crucial information.

The company already provides trip planning through its ViaMichelin service and can alert drivers if it senses a slow leak in a tire. But armed with new data, the company plans to introduce predictive maintenance services by asking, for example, does the driver need new tires before embarking on a journey?

“In the future, we will understand your driving behavior, we will understand the status of your tires and we will understand the quality of the road,” Zammit said.

Read the rest of the article here.

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