Pirelli hard at work in developing ’Intelligent Tires’ by 2013
With the proliferation of ’intelligent this’ and ’intelligent that’ gadgets these days, none apparently had to look far to figure out what the future is for automotive tires.
Schrader Electronics is in the process of developing a sensor that people can use to mount within a tire instead of having to do it on the valve or the wheel rim. The resulting effect are tires that will be capable of monitoring themselves, as well as transmitting current road conditions while - for lack of a better term - ’talking’ to the car’s electronic system. The electronic system will then transmit the data to a specific vehicles ECU while, at the same time, adjusting the ABS, ESP, and other electronic systems found in the car.
One certain tire manufacturer - Pirelli - is already in the process of further developing this technology, which, in the event they’re successful, could end up becoming the first tire brand to introduce a fully intelligent set of tires. In fact, we first heard about this story back in 2008 and it seems that there is still even more work to be done. The technology is still in its infancy, so we can expect to see the so-called ’Cyber Tire’ in tire shelves somewhere in the next three years at least.
Source: Autocar UK