Bridgestone Middle East & Africa has announced that it will continue to innovate its tyres to suit the requirements of cars of the future, including autonomous vehicles.

As part of its efforts to keep up with the steady transformation of global mobility, Bridgestone has announced its latest innovation, the Smart Strain Sensor technology. This technology, equipped with the Internet of Things tools, helps the vehicle owner track tyre inflation pressure and temperature as well as measure the dynamic change in the strain that occurs when a tyre is in use. Additionally, the data produced via the sensor can be transmitted to other drivers on the road, thereby preventing any untoward incident such as accidents. Bridgestone says this technology will contribute to improving vehicle and road safety and will result in enhanced productivity for fleets.

 “Amid the rising demand for higher and safer mobility, the future of the roads lies in connected cars, which, together with autonomous, shared, and electric vehicles, combine to make CASE. To elevate their performance and safety, the tyre industry has evolved accordingly,” says Stefano Sanchini, Regional Managing Director, Bridgestone MEA. “At Bridgestone, we continue to utilise tyre sensors to allow an autonomous car predict the type of surface being driven on, enable it to deal with punctures without input from the user, and capture data to determine the driving style vis-a-vis the tyre condition. Also, through predictive modelling, drivers can better estimate the mileage left to fix their tyres for higher efficiency,” he adds.

The company said while it is presently involved in the development of connected and air-free tyre concepts, it has already been equipping its new product lines of commercial tyres with an electronic tyre tagging system and data-gathering light sensors to enable real-time updates on tyre health and performance.