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Bridgestone & Microsoft’s New Tyre Damage Monitoring System

Sep 22, 2020
Tyre Damage Monitoring System

Most common tyre problems such as incorrect inflation and wear and tear can be avoided with regular checks and maintenance. But when it comes to the more serious issue where a tyre has been damaged to the extent that can lead to a car accident, this can only be detected by close manual inspection

Real-time Intelligent Tyre Monitoring System for Enhanced Safety

Bridgestone in collaboration with Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time. Damaged tyres can either directly lead to accidents or adversely affect other components of a vehicle which could result in an accident. According to 2018 statistics 30% of all accidents are caused by technical failure*.

The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect events affecting a tyre’s surface and carcass with the use of Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) cloud framework technology. The driver is immediately alerted of the hazard who is able to react to avoid potential danger. The beauty is that it uses existing sensor data without the need to install extra hardware.

Further Applications

With a system that not only understands when damage occurred, but also where, Bridgestone’s TDMS provides broader insight into road conditions and infrastructure. This information can be used to alert road agencies, specifically those dealing with road damage related issues, about the whereabouts of potholes and other road hazards.

Microsoft’s platform will also provide a digital infrastructure that delivers connected mobility solutions with access to Microsoft Azure cloud, AI, and Internet of Things capabilities.

Availability

The new Tyre Damage Monitoring System is currently available to all vehicle fleets and OEMs that use MCVP. This partnership with Microsoft means that Bridgestone can also further develop solutions for fleets and key OEM partners worldwide.

The system aims to increase road safety and reduce accidents caused by technical failure.

This collaboration is the next step on Bridgestone’s journey to become a global leader in sustainable and advanced mobility solutions. In turn, working with Bridgestone helps Microsoft grow its ecosystem of supporting partners, and enables MCVP’s customers to integrate these partner solutions into their own offerings.

Laurent Dartoux, CEO and President of Bridgestone EMIA, says: “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. By teaming up with Microsoft we have the opportunity to bring our Tyre Damage Monitoring System to millions of drivers, offering them better safety and peace of mind.”

*UK Department for Transport Statistics (2018) ‘Contributory factors in reported accidents by severity, Great Britain, 2018”

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