The future of vehicles is connectivity, with cars capable of communicating with infrastructure such as traffic lights and capable of sharing data related to traffic conditions with local authorities and other drivers. Pirelli (the tire manufacturer) is bringing its own approach to linked car tech, arguing what it is defining as the first intelligent tires in the world that transfer data using 5G.
The Cyber Tire system operates by gathering info from a car as it drives, such as if there is water on the streets that can lead to accidents. This info is sent to a central hub from the car using 5G, which allows low latency transfer. Next, data on present aquaplanning risks and road conditions can be transferred to other vehicles in the close by region, also using 5G.
The Pirelli tires are useful since as they are the only element of the vehicle that is in direct contact with the street. That indicates the sensors in the Cyber Tire can gather data about surfaces of the road, and in the future they will also be capable of detecting factors such as the dynamic load and the distance traveled on the tires.
Pirelli made an entry into the linked tire in Turin, Italy, at the “5G Path of Vehicle-to-Everything Communication” conference this week, along with partner makers Audi, Ericsson, Italdesign, Tim, and KTH. The firm has not yet declared when the tires will be available generally, but it has claimed that the new tech should enhance both car performance and road safety.
On a related note, Hyundai is getting specifically serious about its strategy for self-driving car. The firm earlier claimed that it has made a joint venture with Aptiv to boost Level 5 and Level 4 autonomous tech (that is, completely self-driving in all or some cases).