The goal behind the technology is safety.
In the medium-term, the technology will provide air pressure and tread-wear detection.
In the long-term, tire data will be paired with map data for traffic, weather, and other considerations.
With only a handful of exceptions in the US and Canada, almost everyone is under a considerable amount of snow and in the middle of a deep freeze. Driving conditions have ranged from hazardous to downright dangerous as the very vast majority of these areas do not require winter tires. Yokohama’s SensorTire Technology could help keep you safe by sharing crucial pieces of information before heading out.
What if the tires on your vehicle could tell you that it’s an even worse idea to go for a drive than simply looking out the window? Yokohama Rubber will, in stages, introduce sensing functions and data analysis, and even prediction technology to users and fleet managers. The SensorTire Technology will provide air-pressure alerts and eventually, by 2023, incorporate treadwear detection.
With these two sensing functions in place, Yokohama will take this information and match it to map data and traffic-congestion, weather, and other data from other vehicles. These other vehicles, that will be fitted with SensorTire Technology, will help suggest the safest drive routes by correlating the destination with the data provided by the tires in the area.
Yokohama Rubber sees this technology as becoming extremely useful for autonomous-driving vehicles and the companies that provide the service.