Dunlop showcase tyres that ‘talk’ to cars at Geneva motor show

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Dunlop revealed its new conceptual tyres that can communicate with a car’s onboard computer at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

The innovative chip-in-tyre technology, which uses a battery-less microchip embedded in the tyre and not the wheel rim, has been created in order to improve vehicle performance.

It allows a car to receive information, such as the pressure in the tyres, temperature, even what type of tyres are in us, therefore enabling it to refine its systems to offer the best performance in terms of cornering, braking and stability.

According to Dunlop tyres, the improvements include reduced stopping distances when the ABS is activated, improved yaw stability and a better response from stability control systems.

Marc Engel, Senior Engineer for tyres manufacturer Goodyear Dunlop, explained: “Today’s advanced vehicle control systems can greatly benefit from tyre specific information. We have always understood that when we were able to gather this information, we could deliver new levels of driving performance to the car. Today we are showcasing a first concrete step in that direction as we begin to translate the wealth of information received by the tyre back to improving and enhancing the overall driving experience – it is a major step forward.”

The advantages of embedding the chip in the actual tyre, as opposed to on the rim like the current tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), include that it is protected from any damage that might be caused when the tyres are being fitted.

The system is still in its development phase, but although there are no plans for a market launch yet, Dunlop has experimented with the technology on its SportMaxx RT tyres.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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