Pirelli's new Cyber Tire features 5G connectivity for communicating road conditions


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Vehicle-to-everything or V2X technology has been evolving over the years and focuses mainly on safety as well as providing additional benefits like automatic payments at parking meters or tolls. Pirelli's 'intelligent' tire could eventually become part of this ecosystem of active and passive safety technologies to aid autonomous systems of the present and future.

The company partnered with Ericsson, Audi, Tim, Italdesign and KTH of Sweden to showcase its 5G-enabled Cyber Tire at "The 5G Path of Vehicle-to-Everything Communication" event in Turin, Italy.

The demonstration took place on the roof of a building and showed "how a vehicle equipped with the sensor-fitted Pirelli Cyber Tyre and connected to the 5G network was able to transmit the risk of aquaplaning detected by the tires to a following car," said the company in its press release.

The technology would also be used in the future to monitor other metrics like the tire model, kilometers driven, dynamic load and report the presence of water or other potentially dangerous situations that can result in loss of traction.

"This information will enable the car to adapt its control and driving assistance systems, greatly improving the level of safety, comfort and performance," noted Pirelli, adding that this information will also be relayed to the 5G infrastructure that can forward it to nearby vehicles to make them aware of road conditions that they might soon encounter.

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Can imagine Police wanting in on this info so that their databases can flag you if youve driven over a certain amount of km's (or miles depending on where you are)..


TS Evangelist
Essentially we can watch the birth of the automated transport network that will likely exist in most developed nations within 20-30 years. All cars talking to the network, cars talking to each other. It seems likely that auto piloted vehicles will be the norm in my lifetime, and probably reduce accidents whilst (hopefully) improving traffic routing efficiency.

We have applied great computing power and widespread networks to large organisations to massively increase their efficiency for decades now, but it hasn't really happened on the roads collectively. Surely inevitable.