Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. has announced SensorTire Technology Vision, a medium- and long-term technological development vision for passenger car tire sensors.
The company says the aim of the SensorTire Technology Vision is to support mobility for people from the ground up and contribute to lasting safety and peace of mind, while also addressing new changes in mobility demand by providing data obtained from SensorTires (Internet of Things [IoT] tires) fitted with sensing functionality to drivers and to diverse external enterprise operators.
The company says it will build sensing functions, data analysis and prediction technology in stages suited to each service, and it will broaden the range of applicability of the sensing functions. An air-pressure alert service for individual vehicle owners and for vehicle operation management companies will be the initial trial, and a treadwear detection function will be added by 2023. This will allow for providing notifications when tire rotation is due and for providing fleet operators with proposals for efficient tire inspection plans, the company says.
In the longer term, Yokohama Rubber says it will move to connect tire data with map data and traffic-congestion, weather and other data from vehicles in vehicles’ destination areas to propose safe driving routes.