GREENVILLE, S.C.—If we knew what our tires knew, how much further could we go? How much safer could we be?
And what, exactly, do our tires know? About us—as drivers—and the roads we travel?
As mobility technology continues to evolve, tire makers are exploring those questions, and turning to their products for insights on moving forward. Whether it's collecting data that provides critical information to help fleets and individuals better maintain their tires or communicating with surrounding infrastructure to further the development of autonomous vehicles, tires are playing crucial roles.
Just ask Michelin.
"Tires play an absolutely vital role in the job of linking the vehicle to the road," Michelin North America Inc.'s Guillaume Puiseux told Rubber News in an email interview. "If you think about it, without tires, mobility—as we know and understand it—would not be where it is today. With such a critical position on the vehicle, tires are able to feel a lot of what is happening in terms of driving behavior, road conditions, weather conditions, etc."