Wriggle Solutions, a spin-off company of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, Italy, has patented its new tire monitoring system, Smart Tyre. The solution is able to measure the tread depth and detect possible failures or damages.
Many have tackled the problem of measuring the tire’s wear in an affordable and reliable manner; however many internal sensors and cameras are not robust enough, reliable, or industrially applicable, and are also costly.
Experts at Wriggle Solutions have taken a different approach and used the tire itself as a sensor. The system is capable of directly analyzing the electrical response of the tire’s compound, which (because of the materials it is made of) is conductive by itself, and can characterize the tire’s state using electrical signals that flow through the tire and are then analyzed by a micro-controller. Such data enables measurement of the tread depth with high precision.
Wriggle Solutions is seeking potential partners willing to cooperate in the industrialization of the Smart Tyre technology, which has already been validated in testing.
“Being able to measure the wear precisely presents a paradigm shift and will enable servitization of the industry. This patent will be the real game changer overtaking third party technologies to take advantage of this opportunity,” commented Wriggle Solutions CEO, Arash Gholamzadeh Nasrabadi.
Alessio Balsini, VP of Wriggle Solutions will be speaking in the Tire Technology Expo Conference on February 22 at 10.20am.
January 23, 2018