By Denna Bowman
Bridgestone has won a second major industry award in as many months for its new intelligent tyres system.
The Contact Area Information Sensing technology (CAIS) system provides real-time road surface condition information to the driver by way of the tyres.
It was selected as one of the “100 Best Ideas of the Year” in the automotive category by Spain’s leading economic and financial magazine, Actualidad Económica.
The awards are a programme that recognises the most innovative and useful products and services in various sectors.
The judging panel selected CAIS technology amongst the winning ideas for 2011 in view of its “great contribution to road safety”.
Juan Jose Lillo, Managing Director of Bridgestone Spain, said: “This is an important achievement for Bridgestone’s innovative CAIS state-of-the-road technology; Actualidad Económica has a lot of credibility in Spain.”
The CAIS system provides drivers with real-time information on the road surface condition via a sensor located inside the tyre tread.
Capable of sensing instantaneous vibration input data and digitizing it using in-vehicle analysis equipment, this new technology classifies the current state of the road surface into seven conditions, ranging from the degree of wetness to type of wintry conditions. The information is then transmitted directly to the driver through an in-car display.
In February 2012, Bridgestone CAIS technology also won the “Tire Technology of the Year Award” organised by Tire Technology International magazine, one of the world’s most well known publications dedicated to tyre technology, design and manufacturing.