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Published on July 8th, 2020 | by Joshua Chin

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Bridgestone Develops Tire Damage Monitoring System

Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber manufacturer, has teamed up with Microsoft to develop an innovative Tire Damage Monitoring System. 

Using Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP), Bridgestone has developed the world’s first real-time tire damage monitoring system. This system aims to notify drivers of road hazards that will cause tire damage and alert drivers to act accordingly. 

Bridgestone has tapped into MCVP’s cloud framework, and using algorithms together with existing sensor data to enable detection of these hazards on the road. 

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that is mandatory on all cars in Europe helps mitigates problems arising from low tire pressure, while regular service and replacement of car tires reduces tire wear and fatigue related accidents. However, damage inflicted to tires from curbs and potholes could happen any time and cannot be detected without close, manual inspection. It is accidents due to these occurrences that Bridgestone hopes to prevent with the Tire Damage Monitoring System. 

Through this collaboration with the American tech giant, Bridgestone claims that there is currently no equivalent monitoring system available in the market and further claims that alternatives would require the installation of extra hardware. 

The Japanese tire manufacturer claims that this new Tire Damage Monitoring System can also be used to alert agencies responsible for road damage issues to the location of potholes and other hazards, as the system can detect the location and time when the damage to the tire occurs. 

Currently, this innovative system is available to all vehicle fleets and OEMs that use the MCVP. Bridgestone however envisions that future autonomous vehicles to be the beneficiaries of this system too through the sharing of information between autonomous vehicles in the nearby locale and sending its data to cloud data stores for future use by the entire autonomous vehicle community. 

This system may be ideal for Malaysia’s pothole ridden roads to notify our local authorities to do something about it. The question is though would our local authorities act on these information? You and I both know the depressing answer to that question. 

More information can be found in the press release below: 

Bridgestone teams up with Microsoft to innovate with an intelligent tyre monitoring system for enhanced safety 

Through its partnership with Microsoft, Bridgestone has developed a unique Tyre Damage Monitoring System, using Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP).

The system aims to increase road safety and reduce accidents caused by technical failure.

This collaboration is the next step on Bridgestone’s journey to become a global leader in sustainable and advanced mobility solutions. 

Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber manufacturer, is collaborating with Microsoft
to develop a world-first monitoring system for detecting tyre damage issues in real-time. These
issues are a serious matter, contributing to some 30% of all car accidents caused by technical
1 failure . 

The final piece in tracking tyre issues 

Tyre issues take four main forms: inadequate pressure, fatigue, irregular wear, and lastly, damage from curbs, potholes, or items on the road. 

Fortunately, most of these issues can already be reliably mitigated against. TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring systems) have been mandatory in all cars built since 2012, and help motorists avoid low-pressure problems. Regular service and replacing tyres in time will guard against wear and fatigue. 

The exception, and safety gap, has been tyre damage – which often cannot be detected without close, manual inspection, and which can potentially occur at any time. Damaged tyres can lead to accidents. They can also adversely affect other vehicle components, such as causing damage to the wheels, and thus create a further source of potential danger to motorists. 

Now that gap can be closed. Bridgestone’s Tyre Damage Monitoring System delivers real- time awareness of damage. It uses MCVP’s cloud framework together with existing sensor data, from hardware that is already installed, and uses algorithms to detect events affecting the tyre surface and carcass. The driver can then be immediately notified of the hazard and act accordingly to remedy the situation. There is currently no other equivalent monitoring system available in the market. Alternatives would require extra hardware to be installed. 

Moving forward 

This tyre damage monitoring system has other valuable applications. 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. 

Currently, Bridgestone’s new Tyre Damage Monitoring System is available to all vehicle fleets and OEM’s that use MCVP. The partnership with Microsoft also enables Bridgestone to further develop its solution to meet the requirements of fleets and key OEM partners around the world. 

A digital partnership for the future of mobility 

MCVP provides one consistent, cloud-connected, horizontal platform across digital scenarios on top of which customer-facing solutions can be built, including in-vehicle infotainment, advanced navigation, autonomous driving, telematics and prediction services as well as over- the-air updates (OTA). It includes the enterprise-grade global availability and scale that comes with Microsoft Azure. 

MCVP will provide Bridgestone with a digital infrastructure that will accelerate its delivery of connected mobility solutions, providing access to a multitude of Microsoft Azure cloud, AI, and IoT capabilities. 

In turn, working with Bridgestone helps Microsoft grow its ecosystem of supporting partners, and enables MCVP’s customers to integrate these partner’s solutions into their own offerings. 

Laurent Dartoux, CEO and President of Bridgestone EMIA, says: “Digital is such a huge part of what we do today at Bridgestone; it’s imperative that we work with industry-leading partners who can support our needs today and in the future. By teaming up with Microsoft, we have the opportunity to bring our Tyre Damage Monitoring System to millions of drivers, offering them better safety and peace of mind.” 

“Microsoft partners with mobility companies to support their transformation into smart mobility services providers. With the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, our mission is to help businesses accelerate the delivery of safe and personalized connected mobility experiences. Using MCVP, Bridgestone has created Tyre Damage Monitoring System that offers a remarkable contribution to road safety and proves how the collaboration between industry leaders can unlock new business opportunities ahead”, said Tara Prakriya, General Manager, Azure Mobility and Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform at Microsoft. 

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