Remote Tyre Pressure Monitoring for Autonomous Vehicles

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), has begun proof-of-concept testing for its new tyre pressure management solution that it says enables the remote monitoring of tyre pressures and temperatures – a feature the company says will be crucial for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles.

The solution is designed to remotely view data collected via the cloud by the vehicle’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), helping to ensure tyre pressures are maintained to safe driving levels and optimised for fuel economy, as well as supporting predictive maintenance.

Testing will be conducted on 530 vehicles in Japan to evaluate the effectiveness of SRI’s solution. The trial will also evaluate the overall quality and convenience of the service through customer feedback.
“Insufficient tyre pressure is a common cause of punctures and flat tyres, and also leads to a decline in fuel efficiency and driving performance,” says Sumitomo Rubber Europe’s Dr Bernd Löwenhaupt.

“As such, maintaining the optimum tyre pressure is extremely important. However, as mobility becomes increasingly autonomous, there will be a greater need for maintenance-free services. By enabling the remote monitoring of tyre pressures, SRI’s new service will deliver greater safety as well as peace of mind in the era of autonomous driving.”

The tyre pressure management solution is one of a number of technologies SRI is developing in response to CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric) transformation in the automotive industry.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (December 2020 / January 2021).

6 January 2021

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