Intelligent tyres get a bluetooth

Nokian Tyres has developed an intelligent tyre technology system that sends real-time data on tyre pressures to a driver’s mobile phone.

Nokian Tyres has developed an intelligent tyre technology system that sends real-time data on tyre pressures to a driver’s mobile phone without the need to install any extra equipment in the vehicle.

The intelligent tyre technology system has been developed in co-operation with Flextronics International, Nokia, the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and VTI Hamlin.

In operation, the intelligent chip in the tyre acts as a measuring instrument, registers the tyre pressures and changes in tyre temperatures and transmits the data to the receiver, the driver’s Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, which supports the user interface of the system.

Nokian Tyres’ intend to develop the technology further, allowing it to prevent aquaplaning and slushplaning, as well as monitoring tyre wear.

During 2001, the company aims to commercialise and globalise the system. ‘We are already in the process of selecting partners’, said Mr. Kim Gran, President and CEO of Nokian Tyres.

The first commercial applications of the intelligent tyre technology system will be implemented on truck and van tyres as well as passenger car tyres with high-speed ratings.

Nokian Tyres owns the rights to the product concept and a patent for the system is pending.

Earlier in the month, Nokian and Michelin signed two manufacturing agreements concerning the manufacturing of Nokian branded agricultural and industrial tyres as well as truck tyres at Michelin factories. The agreements are valid for three years and will be confirmed yearly thereafter.

Test manufacturing of the agricultural and industrial tyres has already started at Michelin’s factory in Poland, and sales will begin this year. A major part of the tyres are made in Romania.

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