often, we are so taken by the idea of maintaining the facade of our vehicle,
that we overlook the most important aspect - tyres. They are quite literally
the facilitators to allow you to hit the road. It’s the tyres that get your
vehicle moving and the tyres that stop it in its tracks. Hence, they are the
top contributors to the economy and safety of every ride. While one may have
across innovations, such as Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), there is a
growing need for technological intervention for managing and upholding tyre
manufacturers like Bridgestone are tying up with tech giants like Microsoft to
develop smart tyre damage detecting systems that can monitor your tyre health
in real-time. Additionally, these would issue alerts in case your tyres need
repairs or replacement. While such technologies are still in their nascent
stages, it fair to assume that they are set to revolutionise how we view tyre
Why Does Your Tyre Health
matters for two primary reasons - it keeps you safe, and it helps you save.
According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 738 motor vehicle
fatalities of 2017 were tyre-related! Hence, tyre inspections and replacements
must be an integral part of your routine.
• On the other hand, proper tyre care can save owners 11 cents per
gallon on their fuel expenses,
while also extending the tyre life by
Automation and Technology in Tyre Damage Detection
stated previously, tyre inspection must be a regular activity to ensure safety.
However, your tyres may have endured damage that is beyond detection through
visual inspection. In this case, a little assistance from technology can go a
long way. Let’s take a look at what it means:
can sustain the following kinds of damages:
Small and large cracks
Worn out tyre treads
Embedding of foreign objects
• Flat tyre
Damage Monitoring Systems are slated to capture these findings and detect tyre
fatigue and irregular wear. Additionally, it discovers the intensity of the
damage along with its location, making it easy to repair. The possibility of
integrating these solutions with cloud-based technologies to alert authorities
about the damage upon impact can improve road safety, infrastructural
development, and emergency services.
It covers more
ground than your regular TPMS and considerably elongates your tyre life.
Despite the vast potential, tyre damage monitoring systems leave room for improvement in the following areas:
• TDMS will have to learn differentiating the damage on the tread from
that on the side walls.
They will also face difficulty
locating the small cracks in zoomed out images.
ML systems can flag false
positives for detecting tyre grooves as cracks.
• Similar inaccuracies may show up due to the shadows of rubber hairs,
especially for new tyres and
mild watermarks on tyre treads.
Tyre damage assessment systems offer a promising scope
for maturity and widespread adoption. And whether you use it to inspect your
purchase at a motor car auction or to maintain your fleet health, it will play
an instrumental role in offering you value for money!