Israel-based Tactile Mobility, a data and virtual sensing technology company, has launched a tire tread measurement solution which it says is a fraction of the cost of other existing tire monitoring methods. The solution receives data from the vehicle’s existing sensors and turns it into real-time actionable insights, warning drivers about issues such as tire tread deterioration and its impact on grip.
“To prioritize driver and passenger safety, it’s critical that vehicles contain cost-effective, virtual sensors that not only estimate tire tread depth in real time, but also inform drivers when it’s time to replace their tires,” said Boaz Mizrachi, CTO and co-founder of Tactile Mobility. “For the first time, the mobility industry will have access to an affordable, in-vehicle solution that not only automatically monitors tire tread depth, but also warns drivers before their tires become unsafe.”
Tactile Mobility utilizes vehicles’ existing sensors to gather data such as wheel speed, wheel angle, RPM and more. This enables the company’s system to generate real-time actionable insights about the vehicle, road and vehicle-road dynamics. It is also developing a comprehensive suite of automated tire health monitoring capabilities which addresses all major tire conditions affecting vehicle safety including tire stiffness, tire type mismatch, tire blowout prediction and more.
The company highlights that Tier 1s can leverage this data to produce safe, long-lasting tires and, to this end, it has recently formalized a commercial collaboration with the BMW Group to implement its virtual sensors in its vehicles. In addition, Tactile Mobility says it is collaborating with six other OEMs and Tier 1s, including Porsche and Nexteer Automotive.