Michelin to connect all its car tyres by 2023
Michelin will incorporate Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips into all its car tyres by 2023, helping to enhance driver safety and provide predictive maintenance services.
The RFID technology will be used to provide a way of tracking tyres from cradle to grave and could provide a “significant contributor to predictive maintenance services” but could also be used to enhance driver safety by enabling advanced driver assistance systems such as ESP to fine tune responses according to specific tyre characteristics.
It will also support both timely and accurate tyre replacements, providing dealers and workshops with exact tyre identification and data, reducing fitting errors and helping with stock control.
The technology, which will see up to 15 million chips a year installed, could be used to improve recycling rates of old tyres, allowing proof of recycling and helping improve the efficiency of energy recovery programmes.
And as cars become more connected, Michelin is working with car manufacturers to develop algorithms that could pave the way for further new advances.
Michael Ewert, vice president of global sales for original equipment at Michelin, said: “Since RFID technology ensures this exact tyre identification, it is conceivable in the future that drivers will see a tyre status display next to their fuel gauge.
“RFID in tyres makes many new business models possible and can also further increase safety when driving. We are convinced it represents a significant step forward in the tyre industry.”