Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Smart Tires Use RFID for Real Time Monitoring

So I was listening to one of my favorite Tech podcasts from CNET.com and heard that Pirelli has a new sensor embedded tire called Cyber Tyre that uses RFID for real time monitoring of tire data such as temperature and pressure, vertical load on the tire, dimensions of the footprint, etc. This data is transmitted to the automobile electronic systems and can be used to improve safety and performance by interacting with the ABS and traction control systems. It can quickly communicate blowouts so the car can react faster or under inflation to improve fuel economy.

I have heard of many cool applications for RFID from tracking medical instruments to automated grocery checkout to smart mirrors that tell you what clothes will match the ones you are trying on. It seems like RFID has hundreds of neat applications but most are very slow to take off. Why do you think these implementations are taking so long to be realized?

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