RFID In Your Tires?

Michelin has recently developed an RFID version of their X InCity tires for London buses, allowing bus-fleet managers to easily monitor tire pressure. Expected to launch slightly prior to the 2012 Olympic Games, its hoped that the new tires will improve safety and efficiency during this busy time and in the future.

Michelin embedded EPC Gen 3 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags into their tires during the manufacturing process, allowing each tire to be automatically identified at the time that pressure is being measured. The tags are used with embedded wireless pressure sensors, which measure the tire’s air pressure and transmits the data.

To date, Michelin has already made 50,000 RFID-enable tires for development and testing purposes, and hopes to expand beyond London’s double-decker buses.

Clearly, the RFID tires are great for commercial use, but what if there could be something for consumers? Imagine never having to check your tire pressure again, worrying about a flat, and maybe even getting text alerts when something is off. Share your thoughts on RFID tires by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.