It’s time to learn about autonomous vehicles

Some say it’s crazy to think that self-driving cars are becoming mainstream. But elements of automotive autonomy are quickly being applied to almost all new cars. And how the tires interact with the future driverless car is key. It’s all about connections…

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Even with electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles, tires represent the four points of contact with the road, and future mobility demands that tires can offer digital connectivity to vehicles. Yes, it’s all about connections.

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The connectivity we are talking about is how future tires will need to communicate with the car, perhaps with a fleet manager and even with cities. This concerns smart tires, which have a sensor to transmit information about the condition of the tire and its interaction with the road surface.

This interaction is especially vital when it comes to autonomous vehicles. Some will wonder, “What happens when you pull the driver out and the road is icy, for example?” The smart tire takes on the role of the driver, translating the road to the vehicle.

Or in everyday driving, what if worn tires or those with incorrect pressure have a negative effect on overall driving safety or even simple efficiency? Again, without a driver at the wheel to feel the diminished performance in their hands, the smart tire can transmit the data needed to help the self-driving vehicle compensate, or give the data to a fleet manager to make a decision before the downtime does not affect the vehicle.

Connectivity will also allow smart tires to “learn” the road, assess the surface and conditions at all times, broadcasting this information to GPS systems or municipalities. Integrated and connected tires could detect potholes, icy roads or other potential hazards on the road. This data could be provided in real time – even without a driver – to enable action.

Experts say around 15% of vehicles sold by the end of this decade will be fully autonomous, and most major automakers have announced plans to have highly autonomous technology ready for the road within the next five years. .

While vehicle autonomy scares many people — drivers, pedestrians, and yes, aftermarket store owners — it’s certainly on its way. Already, we have witnessed the application of many versions of semi-autonomous technologies. Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto Park Assist, Lane Departure Correction, Auto Brake Assist and more.
We all probably think we’re really careful drivers. The intent of self-driving vehicles isn’t necessarily to allow each of us to sit down and read a book or have a drink while the car drives for us. No, the intention of the AVs is to provide what should be the most consistent and secure driver. Knowing that human drivers take risks and make mistakes, the belief is that fully developed autonomous technology creates “perfect drivers”. It is a technology that will provide an essential element of smart transport and future smarter mobility.

Yes, the tipping point for AV is coming, and tire manufacturers see this as a great opportunity to bring intelligence to tires, as previously described.

Just as automobiles change, tires change and become better and smarter. Thanks to new structures, materials or sensing capabilities, they will remain the four points of contact between the vehicle and the road surface. It does not matter whether there is a driver behind the wheel or not. We will delve into the role of smart tires in a future segment.

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