The partnership will utilise Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) to support innovation of an intelligent tyre monitoring system
Bridgestone is collaborating with Microsoft to develop an innovative tyre monitoring system to increase safety for motorists. The company outlines most tyre issues under four main types, inadequate pressure, fatigue, irregular wear and damage from curbs, potholes, and other sharp objects on the road. Tyre pressure monitoring systems, which have become a mandate in most countries, have a partial solution to the problem. The gap existing in the tyre damage segment is not detected without a close manual inspection, which can potentially occur at any time. 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.
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. 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, Bridgestone EMIA, stated “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”.