Cologne Germany - The Future Tire 2018 conference concluded 31 May with a high-powered discussion led by a panel of leading players in the introduction of digital technologies within the European tire industry.
Moderated by industry veteran Jacob Peled, executive chairman, Pelmar Engineering, the panel were asked to identify new technologies that will have the biggest impact on the global tire industry over the next 10 years.
The ensuing presentations, discussions and exchange views with the audience yielded wide-ranging opinions around how the industry is responding and should respond to developments such as RFID, Industry 4.0, electric vehicles and autonomous driving.
In his fascinating paper, Autonomous Vehicles – Autonomous Tire Plants, Jyrki Anttonen, technology director at Cimcorp presented a vision of an IoT and Industry 4.0. He called for new thinking within the established tire industry to realise the opportunities of autonomous vehicles (AVs), smart tires and digitalisation.
According to Anttonen, AVs will not only be capable of self-driving, but also of adjusting autonomously. Future tires communicate with the autonomous vehicle's control system, sense road and weather conditions and adapt to them. They also monitor the wear as well as tire pressure and temperature.