Intelligent Auto Tires — Tires With IQ  

September 18, 2005

By: David Parker

Intelligent Auto Tires — Tires With IQ

Making intelligent auto tires is a dream for every tire maufacturer, and they are continuously trying to come up with smart and intelligent solutions. In general practice, a slightly suboptimal tire can lead to increased fuel and tire costs, as well as pose a safety risk. Siemens VDO and Goodyear, in a joint effort, have developed the Tire IQ system, an innovative smart information system that can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and tire failure. The initial response seems to be great as this unique system could prevent 85 percent of all tire damage.

Basically the smart Tire IQ system, which makes an intelligent auto tire, is an indirect power supply system featuring direct measurement. A “tag” embedded in the tire communicates with the electronic control module in the vehicle via a 360 degree antenna that is also incorporated in the tire. The system measures tire pressure and temperature, logs tire history, and provides the driver of the car with advance warning of critical tire states. This smart IQ system is designed for both factory installation vehicles and the aftermarket automobile, and is suitable for all makes and types of tires for any automobile like a car, or other motor vehicles.

Currently Michelin electronics experts highlighted the practical aspects of installing radio frequency identification (RFID) into automobile tires, which makes intelligent tire for your vehicle. According to the company, Michelin's RFID tag is the world's first rewriteable, cured-in transponder that lasts for the life of a passenger car or light truck tire and can store vital tire identification information. Michelin engineers have developed a RFID transponder that is embedded into the car tire during manufacturing and allows the tire's identification number to be associated with a vehicle identification number (VIN) making tires uniquely identifiable with an individual vehicle, telling when and where the tire was made, maximum inflation pressure, tire size, etc. The automobile information can be obtained using a small hand-held reader that scans the tag much like a bar code on a package at a grocery store.

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