Dunlop's 'intelligent' chips go into racing motorbike tires
ERJ staff report (BC)
Birmingham, UK – Dunlop Motorsport’s RFID (radio frequency identification) chips will be embedded in MotoGP racing motorcycle tires. Dunlop is official supplier to the Moto2 and Moto3 championships.
The company claims success already with the chips in car and truck racing – the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in the UK and the FIA European Truck Racing Championship.
The RFID microchip is built into the tire at Dunlop’s Birmingham facility. It is programmed with a unique identifier which is read automatically, along with the type and size of the tire.
Tony Duffy, Dunlop operations manager, said: “The RFID technology will be a huge benefit in ensuring no tire is missed. We can provide the Moto2 and Moto3 organisers with a 100 percent accurate log of each tire’s activity.
“The RFID chips only currently carry identifying data, but it may be possible in the future to make them dynamic so that real-time monitoring of various criteria is possible, offering a range of exciting opportunities from a rider intelligence point of view.”
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