Michelin will equip its tires with an RFID smart chip in the coming years – promises benefits for tire roulette and road safety
In the future, Michelin will equip its passenger car tires even more with a remote-readable RFID chip. The technology brings benefits in tire handling, the operation of car safety systems and the robotic cars of the future.
Michelin has announced that it will expand the use of RFID chips in passenger car tires so that from 2023, all tires from the French manufacturer will have a near-readable smart chip. Already this year, Michelin has delivered a total of 1.5 million RFID-equipped tires to automakers. The chip is vulcanized into the ring structure at the manufacturing stage.
According to the manufacturer, the RFID chip will enable car security systems and future robotic cars to better integrate tire features into car systems and to ensure that the car has the right kind of tires. On the other hand, RFID technology also offers new forms of service for tire maintenance, as the chip makes it easier to control the storage, handling and wear of tires. The chip assigns a unique number to each tire, so the tires can be tracked more individually in the future.
- We are cooperating purposefully with car manufacturers and developing algorithms that convert the information transmitted by the RFID chip into personalized information about the condition of each tire for the motorist. When we equip all our tires with an RFID chip in the near future, the driver will get important information about each tire in the car on the dashboard display in the same way as fuel volume and outside temperature, comments Michael Ewert, Director of Global Sales Original Equipment at Michelin.
Thanks to RFID technology, the tires are in constant contact with the car’s security systems and thus as part of the data network. A special benefit in traffic is the possibility to adapt the operation of the stability control systems to the characteristics and wear of the tire.
- At the point when the car’s computer can be in direct contact with tire maintenance, the way to a new world opens up through our RFID-chip tires. The tire computer can see the condition of each tire, and algorithms can be used to predict when the condition of the tires should be checked. If necessary, the service can prepare for a tire change at the customer’s next visit, envisions Anders Svensson, Senior Commercial Manager OE, from Michelin Nordic.
Michelin’s effort to bring an RFID chip to all passenger car tires stems from developments in the transportation industry. In logistics operations, RFID technology has been found to be a good tool for managing freight flows and handling tires. Michelin tire review now equips 90% of its heavy-duty tires with RFID chips, and by 2023 the goal is to equip all tires with technology.
RFID refers to the term Radio Frequency Identification and in practice means wirelessly readable smart chip. Michelin estimates that the additional cost of the technology will be saved at a rapid pace by tire sellers and manufacturers, and ultimately by customers, as a facilitated logistics advantage. The chip also contains information about the service life of the tire and the raw materials used for it, so RFID facilitates the handling and sorting of tires even during the recycling phase.