• Apr 29th 2010 at 8:01AM
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The last decade has been a boon for technologies like traction and stability control, but the tire itself has remained relatively low tech. Schrader Electronics is reportedly looking to change that equation with a "smart tire" that could be production ready within three years. The electronics company already knows a thing or two about tires, as a self-proclaimed global pioneer of the Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems that stabilize today's trucks and crossovers.

Schrader claims that its Smart Tire tech utilizes sensors on the tire itself that wirelessly transmits data to receivers in the wheel housing and is routed to the vehicle's ECU sensor. Schrader is working with Pirelli to bring its new tire tech to market starting in 2010. The first tire, called 'Cyber Tyre Lean," will transmit pressure, temperature, average load and the number of revolutions.

The company claims that the fully-integrated "Cyber Tyre" will transmit information on "tread depth, pressure and temperature, along with the shape of its footprint and the amount of load it is under, will be combined with precise readings of road conditions to optimize control of the vehicle's dynamics." Schrader expects to offer the Cyber Tyre by 2013. Hit the jump to read over the Schrader Electronics press release.
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Tyres capable of monitoring themselves, road conditions and 'talking' with a vehicle's electronic systems will be available within three years, heralding a revolution in traction technology, according to one of the world's leading automotive sensor developing companies Schrader Electronics.

The development is a quantum leap forward coming just a few years after tyres relied entirely on their mechanical and physical properties for their contribution to a vehicle's driving dynamics. Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) introduced the concept of combining electronic sensors within a vehicle's tyre and have proven to make a significant contribution to safety and fuel efficiency, all cars will be fitted with this technology by law from 2012 But the arrival of this new technology will change the scope of what can be offered by the only direct interface between the post-Space Age technology of a modern car and what ultimately determines how that vehicle behaves, the road surface.

Already global leader in direct TPMS technology and supplier of half the systems on the roads today, Schrader Electronics is once again leading the way with this exciting new development. It centres on a sensor mounted within the inside of the tyre rather than on the valve or wheel rim as with current direct TPMS. It then transmits information wirelessly to receivers mounted in the vehicle's wheel housing and via the car's ECU to the driver.

This enables a raft of previously unobtainable data to be relayed to the vehicle's ABS, ESP and other electronic systems. Information about the tyre's tread depth, pressure and temperature, along with the shape of its footprint and the amount of load it is under, will be combined with precise readings of road conditions, such as the amount of grip available, to optimise control of the vehicle's dynamics.

Schrader's partnership with tyre company Pirelli on this technology will see the first phase of these tyres arriving in the European market during 2010. Called the 'Cyber Tyre Lean', pressure, temperature, average load and the number of revolutions are measured and fed to the vehicle's electronic systems. The fully intelligent tyre, to be called the 'Cyber Tyre' is expected in the marketplace during 2013.

Vice president of business development, Schrader Electronics, Alfonso Di Pasquale, said: "Schrader is the market leader in tyre sensors and this new development continues our commitment to pushing back the boundaries of technology which can enhance a vehicle's safety and the driving experience."

For further press information please contact either Chris Wakley or Jason Simms at Automotive PR on 020 7494 8050

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can imagine this applying to high-tech supercars and race cars for driving stability and safety reasons. Beyond that, why would a mass-produced vehicle need this? The TPMS system already in place works well enough to tell even the most negligent driver that he/she is, in fact, driving with a bad tire or more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For exactly the same reason a mass produced vehicle needs TPMS - because manufacturers like Schrader lobbied Washington into writing a law mandating you become their customer.

        It's obscene.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they were really smart they could make a solid tire out space age lightweight synthetic materials with the rims embedded in the center. The tires would not have to be inflated or use air----no more flats, no more blowouts, no more accidents, no more repairs. just relace them when the outer layer wears out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh Yes, this is exactly what we need!!! High Teck Tires, for our now Low Teck, Air Bagged and Belted, they alll look the same Automobiles!!! Make me wonder how we lived without them and how the land speed records of Boniville were made on low tec rubber wheels??? Gonna get me some for my Deawoo right away!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a light in the dash that tells you when your brake light is out!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty cool tech, but aren't we nearing the end of the pneumatic tires anyway? Bring on the tweel! We've been seeing the thing for years now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jason: Was that a pun? I found it funny if it was.

        Alex: Good point. I wonder if the technology in question is applicable to the tweel, or if alternative methods would need to be developed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't hold your breath.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm also curious what Noise, Wear (yes, I know, you would think it'd be more robust but you never know) & Replacement Cost might be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "end of the *road for* pneumatic tires"

        I want an edit button.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didn't mean to, but now that I reread it, that was pretty good, lol.

        I don't think you'll see a tweel-like design on passenger cars for quite some time. There is still a lot of development that can be done to pneumatic tires to increase performance and safety.

        There aren't a lot of materials that can provide damping characteristics similar to air with such little weight, which is why NPT are only used in situations where weight is not an issue (heavy duty, etc). I'd be interested to know how much a tweel weighs if anyone knows, I can't find any numbers...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Re Smart tires. Has anyone realized this may be a way for tire makers to opt out of warranty/liability situations ? I.E. : "Well, the customers tires were under inflated by one P.S.I. " Or... "He/she han't had their tires balanced "recently"
      Talk about "Cost effiency?" >>>> WE will pay for the technology, "They" will benifit! If this "INFO" isn't already going into "Black Box" computers, you can bet it sure will soon?
      Fast Forward.. 2015. Your on I 195 and your tire blows off it's rim.
      The manufacturer claims your tire was under inflated by a tenth of a PSI so.... It disclaims reponsibility?
      Well, maybe YOU can sue the gas station.... saying their air thingees must have been off when you filled up on air every three days? Yeah, right!
      Better yet... the manufacturer of your air pressure guage? ( I own three, and they all read different.) Maybe there will soon be "Air pressure" stops every 2 miles on I 195 just in case your dashboard warning light comes on suddenly?
      Not hard to imagine.... The reconstruction police say YOU were at fault in an accident where some idiot "Jacked Up" on you, or he ran a Stop sign because.... "If your tires were inlated properly, you "might" have been able to avoid the accident."
      ETC. ETC> ETC?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eh, that tire looks pretty dumb to me....
      • 5 Years Ago
      If, by low-tech, you mean "electronics", then perhaps, but tires are incredibly high tech, when it comes to materials, construction & tread design (at least two of which have seen significant enough progress since the 1980s to enable cars to hit speeds prevously only advisable on closed circuits or in absolutely perfect conditions, unforeseen high efficiency (without sacrificing performance), low noise (ditto), long tread life (ditto) and, oh yeah, bling-alicious styling.

      I'm reminded of this every time I drive my 83 911 with it's Phoenix Stahlflex tires (yes, I still have a well-preserved set), considered the best handling tires of the era. Trust me, if tires hadn't evolved technically as they had, we'd have a completely different perspective on Performance, Economy & NVH.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toward the end of 2008, GM had shown a brand new type of tire on a Buick Park Avenue. The tire was not an "inflatable tire but was rather like it had rubber spokes. It was touted fairly heavily as the new future of tires. Does anyone know what happened to it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they could make a small device, compatible with any tire and with an in-car receiver, that would be all win. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. But now it limits your tire choices to their own brand = less potential buyers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take regular well designed tires, thanks. They are relatively cheap and simple. You can keep your sensors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To the rich doctor in the small town that can't find a woman try throwing some of that money around cheap skate!
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