Bridgestone Corp. is working with Microsoft to develop a monitoring system that detects tire damage in real time, which will be the first of its kind, according to the tire manufacturer.
Unlike some other conditions, damage to tires “often cannot be detected without close, manual inspection and can potentially occur at any time,” say Bridgestone oficials.
Bridgestone’s Tire Damage Monitoring System uses Microsoft’s cloud framework, “together with existing sensor data from hardware that is already installed, and uses algorithms to detect events affecting the tire surface and carcass. The driver can then be immediately notified of the hazard and act accordingly to remedy the situation.
“The system not only understands when damage has occurred, but also where. It thus allows broader insight into road conditions and infrastructure, which can be used to alert the agencies responsible for road damage issues to the presence and location of potholes and other hazards. Future autonomous vehicles could also be beneficiaries of the system, as vehicles pass information about local hazards to others in the vicinity, as well as cloud data stores.”
Bridgestone adds that Microsoft will provide “a digital infrastructure that will accelerate its delivery of connected mobility solutions, providing access to a multitude of Microsoft Azure cloud, artificial intelligence and internet of things capabilities.”