A game-changing innovation has been introduced by Pirelli for truck and bus tyres. An electronic sensor that allows the tyre to “talk” simultaneously to the driver and the “control tower” of the fleets, signalling pressure and temperature. Pirelli extends the already developed technology for car safety to road haulage. On the occasion of Road Safety Day Pirelli offers a series of comparative tests with the Winter Series 01, Winter Tyre designed for mid-traffic. Pirelli presents Cyber Fleet, the “intelligent” tyre designed for road transport, through which an electronic sensor and a telematics system, is able to report promptly to the haulier and to the fleet manager with data relating to the “state of health” of the tyre and the geographical location of the vehicle.
With Cyber Fleet, Pirelli extends the Cyber Tyre technology designed for car tyre safety to road haulage. The presentation took place at the Truck Safety Day, a day dedicated to road safety in heavy transport. It was held in Livigno, where a snow-covered track was being used to test the new Pirelli 01 Series Winter Tyre. Cyber Fleet is the latest innovative solution for sustainable mobility developed by Pirelli researchers. The new system is aimed to keep the covers under continuous control, detecting any anomalies, and guaranteeing their correct maintenance.
Quality, upkeep and correct use of tyres are essential for road safety: constant and correct pressure allows driving precision, braking, and cornering reliability. It ensures lower operating costs, reduces vehicle consumption and extends the life of the vehicle tyre.
How does Cyber Fleet work?
In collaboration with Schrader Electronics, Pirelli Research & Development has developed a remarkable leading design for onboard tyre pressure monitoring technologies – an electronic sensor capable of verifying the running conditions of the tyre. The sensor, called TMS (Tyre Mounted Sensor), is applied to the inner surface of the cover in order to collect all data relating to pressure, temperature and tyre identification. The system simultaneously transmits the data collected by the sensor to the haulier and the fleet manager. Thus, the fleet is able to perform procedures diagnostics and intervention, in order to guarantee maximum safety for each heavy vehicle.
The data interpretation process is not only entrusted to the haulier , but also to the fleet manager, who remotely takes care of the safety of the entire fleet. Thanks to Cyber Fleet, the manager has the opportunity to check if the tyres are maintained at optimum pressure: a necessary condition for optimizing fuel consumption and maximizing the life of the tyres. The manager will also be able to schedule tread wear tests, knowing the distance mileage of each tyre, with concrete benefits in terms of safety.
Comparative Tests Between Winter and Summer Tyres
At the Truck Safety Day, safety was highlighted not only with Cyber Fleet but, also with the 01 Series Winter Tyres developed by Pirelli to ensure maximum performance and safety on wet, snowy or icy surfaces, with temperatures below 4 ° C, on medium and long distances.
Snow tests highlighted the performance of the tyres developed specifically for winter use compared to the performance of summer tyres. The deep and dense siping and the optimized sequence of grooves and tread blocks have ensured an excellent “snow on snow” grip, ensuring reduced braking distances and maximum grip on slippery and snowy surfaces (see Winter ta).
The Truck Safety Day confirms Pirelli’s attention to issues related to road safety. Last year, the Group’s Truck division launched an online competition that was open to drivers’ opinions and proposals on current issues related to road safety. The Pirelli initiatives are inspired by principles of the European Road Safety Charter, of which the Group is a signatory, and aims to increase the awareness of lorry drivers on the subject and promote awareness-raising initiatives on the importance of using suitable tyres and their proper maintenance for road safety purposes.