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Continental pilots real-time tread depth monitoring

Continental says it has successfully demonstrated real time tyre tread depth monitoring in a pilot that entailed electric vehicles of carsharing provider ‘Share Now Denmark’.

In cooperation with its project partner and telemetry specialist Traffilog, the tyre manufacturer connected information of tyre sensors and telemetry data of the fleet’s cars with a proprietary algorithm in the cloud.

As a result, Continental claims it can predict tyre tread depth in real time with an accuracy of below one millimetre.

In future, smart digital tyre solutions like this will be a key driver to enable need-based servicing of tyres, instead of regular, scheduled servicing, according to Continental.

Tansu Isik, head of business development and global marketing at Continental said: “With this pilot we are first in the market to offer significantly accurate tread depth monitoring via an algorithm. With an accuracy of below one millimetre our pilot has in fact set an industry benchmark in smart digital tyre solutions.

“We have worked very closely with our Continental Automotive Technologies colleagues as well as with our partner Traffilog to achieve this success.”

For fleet providers it is beneficial to have as accurate information as possible about the condition of their tyres at any time. Tyre wear and damage is an important cost driver for them. Moreover, intact and maintained tyres have notable positive influence on other major cost positions such as fuel efficiency and wear of parts.

“Real time, telematic based tyre monitoring is a huge benefit for us. We can monitor and service our tires at any time and take actions proactively”, said Steen Herløv Andersen, head of operations at Share Now Denmark.

Benefits are more efficient fleet operations, minimised downtime due to repair, greater safety and reduced overall cost due to higher energy efficiency.

The real time tread depth measurement pilot is part of a bigger project in which Continental together with Traffilog also delivers real time remote tyre pressure and temperature monitoring of the entire fleet of Share Now in Denmark, with approximately 600 cars currently in operation.

Continental says it was able to integrate its real time tyre monitoring solution into an already existing telematic setup. To enable both capture and transfer of data, Traffilog modified its telematic unit to fit Continental’s requirements to harness the relevant data to feed its proprietary algorithm.