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Michelin to connect all its car tyres by 2023

Michelin has announced it will incorporate Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips into all its car tyres by 2023.

The manufacturer said RFID technology is a cost-effective way of tracking tyres and a ‘significant contributor’ to predictive maintenance services.

It will also enhance driver safety by allowing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as ESP to adjust responses according to specific tyre characteristics, says Michelin.

Michael Ewert, vice president of Global Sales for Original Equipment at Michelin, said: “Since RFID technology ensures this exact tyre identification, it is conceivable in the future that drivers will see a tyre status display next to their fuel gauge.

“RFID in tyres makes many new business models possible and can also further increase safety when driving. We are convinced it represents a significant step forward in the tyre industry.”

The technology could also be used to improve recycling rates, allow proof of recycling and help improve the efficiency of energy recovery programmes.

Michelin says it is working with car manufacturers to develop algorithms that could pave the way for several new advances as cars become more connected.

Dealers and workshops will also benefit as exact tyre identification and data will be easily accessible, reducing fitting errors and helping with stock control, it says.

Up to 15 million chips a year will be encased in rubber at Michelin’s Homburg plant in Germany before they are installed in new tyres on site or shipped to other Michelin factories in Europe, China, Thailand and Brazil.

Michelin recently warned fleet managers to ensure they are selecting the right replacement tyres for their cars and vans, to avoid unneccessary costs. 

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