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Automotive and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone in collaboration with technology company Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time.

Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) CEO and president Laurent Dartoux says damaged tyres can either directly lead to accidents or adversely affect other components of a vehicle which could result in an accident.

According to the Global Auto Tyre Market 2018 report published by market research firm Global Marketers, 30% of all accidents are caused by technical failure. Dartoux adds that most common tyre problems such as incorrect inflation and wear and tear can be avoided with regular checks and maintenance. However, when it comes to the more serious issue where a tyre has been damaged to the extent that it can lead to a car accident, this can only be detected by close manual inspection.

The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect events affecting a tyre’s surface and carcass with the use of Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) cloud framework technology. The driver is immediately alerted of the hazard and is then able to react to avoid potential danger. The MCVP uses existing sensor data without the need to install extra hardware.

With a system that not only understands when damage occurred, but also where, Bridgestone’s Tyre Damage Monitoring System provides broader insight into road conditions and infrastructure. The information can be used to alert road agencies, specifically those dealing with road damage related issues, about the whereabouts of potholes and other road hazards.

The new Tyre Damage Monitoring System is currently available to all vehicle fleets and original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that use MCVP. This partnership with Microsoft means that Bridgestone can also further develop solutions for fleets and key OEM partners globally. The system aims to increase road safety and reduce accidents caused by technical failure.

This collaboration is the next step on Bridgestone’s journey to become a global leader in sustainable and advanced mobility solutions. In turn, working with Bridgestone helps Microsoft grow its ecosystem of supporting partners, and enables MCVP’s customers to integrate these partner solutions into their own offerings.

Dartoux adds that digital is such a huge part of what the company does today at Bridgestone, and it is imperative that it works with industry-leading partners who can support its needs today and in the future.