Brussels – Bridgestone Corp. and Microsoft have teamed up to develop a “world-first” monitoring system for detecting tire damage issues in real-time.
The technology is the “final piece” in tracking tire issues and offers a monitoring system based on the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP), Bridgestone announced 30 June.
Currently available to all vehicle fleets and OEMs that use MCVP, Bridgestone’s 'tyre damage monitoring system' uses Microsoft’s cloud framework together with existing sensor data and algorithms.
According to the Japanese tire maker, the technology can detect incidents that are affecting the tire surface and carcass in “real-time”.
Existing tire pressure monitoring systems and regular maintenance address many issues such as pressure, fatigue and irregular wear of tires, noted Bridgestone.
“The exception, and safety gap, has been tire damage. [This] often cannot be detected without close, manual inspection, and which can potentially occur at any time,” the tire maker explained.
The new system will inform drivers when the damage occurs and where it has taken place, continued Bridgestone.
MCVP, it added, offers a digital infrastructure that can accelerate delivery of connected mobility solutions, backed by access to Microsoft Azure cloud, AI, and IoT capabilities.
“Digital is such a huge part of what we do today at Bridgestone; it’s imperative that we work with industry-leading partners who can support our needs today and in the future,” said Laurent Dartoux, CEO and president of Bridgestone EMIA.