Bridgestone announced a partnership with MicrosoftJune 30, 2020
Bridgestone, the world’s largest manufacturer of tires and rubber products, in collaboration with Microsoft has developed the world’s first real-time tire damage tracking system. These problems are quite serious, since they cause about 30% of all road traffic accidents caused by technical malfunctions.
Tire problems can be divided into four main groups: inappropriate pressure, fatigue failure, uneven wear, and the latter, damage due to curbs, bumps or objects on the road.
Fortunately, measures are already in place to significantly reduce the damage from most of these problems. In Europe, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is mandatory in all vehicles manufactured since 2012 and helps motorists avoid low pressure problems. Regular maintenance of tires and their timely replacement protect against wear and fatigue damage.
An exception, as well as a safety gap, are tire damage, which often cannot be determined without a detailed manual inspection, and which can occur at any time. Damaged tires can lead to traffic accidents. They can also negatively affect other parts of the vehicle, for example, causing damage to the wheels, and thereby create an additional potential source of danger for motorists.
This gap may now be closed. The Bridgestone Bus Damage Monitoring System allows real-time damage reporting. The system uses the MCVP cloud infrastructure in conjunction with existing sensor data obtained using already installed technical means, and uses algorithms to detect events that affect the surface and frame of the bus. As a result, the driver will be able to immediately receive a notification of the threat and take the actions necessary to correct this situation. To date, there is not a single analogue of this monitoring system on the market. Alternatives would require the installation of additional hardware.
This tire damage monitoring system has other valuable applications. The system sees not only when the damage occurred, but also where it occurred. Thus, the system provides a broader assessment of the infrastructure and condition of roads, which can be used to notify responsible services of the presence and location of potholes and other hazards. Future autonomous vehicles can also benefit from the system – as vehicles transmit information about local dangerous points to other traffic participants nearby, and also send information to cloud storages.
Currently, the new Bridgestone Bus Damage Monitoring System is available for all fleets and car manufacturers that use MCVP. Collaboration with Microsoft also allows Bridgestone to further develop this solution to bring it into line with fleet requirements and key automotive partners around the world.
MCVP provides a single horizontal platform with a cloud connection for any digital scenarios, on the basis of which customer-oriented solutions can be created, including an infotainment system inside the vehicle, advanced navigation, autonomous driving, telematics and forecasting services, as well as wireless updates ( OTA). It includes the availability and scalability of the global enterprise level that Microsoft Azure brings. The platform also provides regulatory compliance tools, including the General Data Protection Regulation.
MCVP will provide Bridgestone with a digital infrastructure that will accelerate the market launch of mobile vehicle data sharing solutions by providing access to the many features of the Microsoft Azure cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of things (IoT).
In turn, working with Bridgestone helps Microsoft to develop an ecosystem of partners and enables MCVP users to integrate the solutions of these partners in their own projects.
“Today, digitalization takes up a huge part of what we do at Bridgestone. It is incredibly important for us to work with partners who are industry leaders who can support us today and in the future. Collaboration with Microsoft gives us the opportunity to provide access to our Tire Damage Monitoring System to millions of motorists, offering them improved safety and peace of mind, ”said Lorana Dartu, CEO and President of Bridgestone EMIA.
“Microsoft has partnered with mobile solutions companies to support their transformation into smart mobile service providers. With the Microsoft Platform for Connected Vehicles, our mission is to help companies accelerate the provision of secure and personalized connected mobile solutions. Using MCVP, Bridgestone created a Tire Damage Monitoring System, which is a significant contribution to road safety and confirms that cooperation between industry leaders can open up new business opportunities in the future, ”commented Tara Prakriya, General Manager, Azure Mobility and Platform for Connected vehicles at Microsoft.
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