Pirelli has announced plans to release an intelligent tyre, which will make tyre maintenance easier. The tyre will be fitted with a microchip in its carcass and this will feed information about the condition of the tyre to an onboard computer system. This will serve as an early warning system, highlighting potential problems to the car driver.
This intelligent tyre will be released in two stages. The first phase will see the release of the Cyber Tyre Lean, early in 2010. This will be able to relay information about tyre temperature and pressure, as well as vehicle weight-load. The microchip will be self-powered, drawing energy from the vibrations of the turning tyre.
The second phase in the development of the intelligent tyre will be the release of the Cyber Tyre. This will utilize a more sensitive sensor that can communicate with the car’s ABS and ESP systems, and can deliver more precise information to the motorist. The Cyber Tyre will employ a triaxial accelerometer, and will be able to supply information concerning acceleration, friction coefficients and road contact. In this second phase the sensor will be inserted into the tyre carcass to become an integral part of the tyre.
According to Pirelli, the new tyres will give the opportunity to spot faults and maintenance issues before they become hazardous.