Timberpak is a recycling and reprocessing company that has sourced waste wood for the EGGER UK’s chipboard production for more than 20 years, operating from four recycling sites in Washington, Leeds, St Albans and Bellshill. Following a successful trial, the company is equipping its vehicles with the Wheely-Safe in-motion wheel loss detection system, which combines brake and hub temperature monitoring with an intelligent tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), to improve the efficiency and safety of its operations.
Technology within vehicles and tools is constantly evolving, so with this in mind Tyres & Accessories recently connected with Phil Peace, managing director of Repairify, to find what trends readers should be aware of.
The value of the global automotive ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) market is expected to rise from US$64.04 billion in 2024 to US$ 211.71 billion by 2034. That estimated growth is expected to be driven by a steady Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.7 per cent in ADAS market over the next decade.
The entire Conti Urban bus tyre range is now kitted out with the latest generation of sensors from Continental. From August 2023, Conti Urban HA3, Conti UrbanScandinavia HA3+ and Conti UrbanScandinavia HD3 smart tyres will be available to purchase, making Continental the first manufacturer to offer an entire family of tyres with sensors.
Italy’s government has identified tyre sensor technology as a national strategic asset and, with the stated aim of preventing misuse of this technology, has confirmed it will use the Golden Power procedure to limit the influence that shareholder China National Tire & Rubber Corporation Ltd. (CNRC) has upon Pirelli & C. S.p.A. According to statements issued by the government on 16 June and Pirelli two days later, a range of measures will now curtail CNRC’s involvement in the tyre maker.
Cerebrum Sensor Technologies reports that it has launched its Intelligent Tire Solutions IoT tyre sensor technology with “leading vehicle and tyre OEMs”. Cerebrum’s full suite of solutions utilize tyre sensors and proprietary algorithms to monitor tyre conditions including pressure, temperature, tread health, load, alignment and more.
In November, Repairify’s US office, Repairify Inc, introduced plans to launch the Repairify Institute, a comprehensive technical training program for automotive professionals designed to ensure service readiness, in 2023.
Northern Ireland’s public transport provider Translink is rolling out Wheely-Safe technology across its entire fleet in one of Wheely Safe’s largest fleet wins to date. As a result, the 1,400 buses and coaches will now use the in-motion wheel loss detection system, which combines brake and hub temperature monitoring with an intelligent tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Following news of its launch at the start of April 2022, TPMS specialist Hamaton is promoting its BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) sensor exclusively for Tesla vehicles at the Tire Cologne and Autopromotec exhibitions in May and has revealed some more details.
Michelin Connected Fleet made its UK debut at the ITT Hub truck technology event in Farnborough on 11 May 2022. Michelin Connected Fleet is an evolution of Michelin’s 2019 acquisition of Masternaut and interfacing with other comparable systems in the Michelin portfolio. The technology, which is as much about service and support as it is technology, was launched in Spain and France in 2021. Next up are Germany and South Africa later in 2022, followed by markets such as Sweden and Benelux after that.
Yokohama Rubber and Alps Alpine have jointly developed a technology that automatically detects wear in car tyres. The tyre maker sees potential for this technology in self-driving vehicles and shared mobility fleets.
Megaride Applied Vehicle Research has acquired tyre wear and integrity monitoring systems developed by Wriggle. The purchase continues Megaride’s recent expansion of technical know-how in the tyre technology sphere. No details relating to the nature of the investment associated with the acquisition have been released.
Cerebrum Sensor Technologies was a new name to Tyres & Accessories when we came across the company at the end of December. but the company won a breakthrough award at the 2019 SEMA show and is working hard to market itself in the TPMS/smart tyre space.