Bridgestone has teamed up with IT giant Microsoft to create a new tire monitoring system that warns drivers of potentially dangerous damage as they occur in real-time – from potholes, curbs, bumps, and objects in the road. Besides measuring tire pressure and detecting defects, the system can also automatically alert local authorities to the location and warn other connected cars.
Considering that 30% of all accidents reportedly occur from tire defects, Bridgestone’s system could help save lives by detecting problems before they become too dangerous and cause an accident. The system can be used without any additional hardware on any car that uses the cloud-connected Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP), such as Ford and Volkswagen cars.
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By combining the MCVP cloud framework with data from existing sensors, the system uses algorithms to detect when the tire surface and carcass have been compromised. The driver is alerted via a dashboard warning and can take action safely. This system is also beneficial for autonomous cars.