Even if you're one of the most careful drivers out there, there will come a time wherein you'll run over a nail or two. These may be small pieces of road debris, but they can prove to be a major inconvenience for every one of us. At the very least, you won't the nail slowly leaking air out of your tire. At most, it can cause a sudden and unexpected blowout.
Now, Bridgestone and Microsoft have teamed up to make tire care and maintenance much easier. They call it the Tire Damage Monitoring System or TDMS. Not only does it monitor the condition of your tires, but it also tells you the exact damage on it, and even where you picked up the damage. So, how does it work, you ask?
This goes beyond the usual tire pressure monitoring system which simply informs you how much air is left in the tire. The monitoring system is linked to Microsoft's Connected Vehicle Platform and constantly scans the tire's condition. Bridgestone says that their system relies on the vehicle's sensors and road data is constantly gathered by it and sent to the Connected Vehicle Platform. They even go as far as saying that there is little to no retrofitting needed to have the Tire Damage Monitoring System in place.
With that, the system can immediately tell the driver if they have incurred damage to their tires. Whether the vehicle runs over a nail or has a bad fall in a pothole, TDMS will immediately inform the driver if the damage had been done. It then tells the driver where the damage was sustained, hinting that this system gets a bit of help from the vehicle's navigation system. With that bit of data collected, it's put in the database and can be used to warn other motorists of hazardous road conditions ahead.
Bridgestone and Microsoft are serious about rolling out this piece of technology. For now, there is no definite date when they will put the system into series production. Should it be picked up by an automaker, TDMS might just be seen in more cars in the future.