PIRELLI LAUNCHES AN INTELLIGENT AND BEAUTIFUL TIRE AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW, WHICH INTERACTS WITH ITS DRIVER
As was the case with the Cinturato radial tires of the 1950s and the ultra low profile P Zero of the 1980s, Pirelli ushers in a new era of tire-making. At the Geneva Motor Show, Pirelli presents two innovations:
-Colored edition P Zero and Winter Sottozero tires, for which Pirelli’s engineers have developed innovative materials and protection systems to guarantee vivid and durable colours.
-Pirelli Connesso: a platform integrated into P Zero or Winter Sottozero tires available to the Replacement market (either plain black or colored) which communicates with the driver via an app, thanks to a sensor embedded in the internal wall of the tire.
This app supplies vital information on how the tire is working, as well as offering a series of personalized services.
As well as the standard versions of the P Zero and Winter Sottozero, drivers will have a number of different choices available to them when it comes to changing tires, with the possibility of combining colors and sensors as they desire.
These two innovations underline Pirelli’s entry as a leading player in the digital tire world and form part of the Italian firm’s ‘tailor-made’ strategy.This aims to develop tires that are made to measure for each motorist: satisfying requirements for personalization as well as the essential considerations of safety, performance, and fuel consumption.
Colored edition tires are available to pre-order straight away for the P Zero and Winter Sottozero ranges in the prestige sector, from 19-inch size upwards, before then being extended to premium cars.
Pirelli Connesso will initially be available in 19-inch size and bigger on P Zero and Winter Sottozero for prestige cars.
The first country where it will be offered will be the United States from summer 2017, where the platform has been developed in conjunction with leading companies from the digital world.
After the USA, Pirelli Connesso will be available in principal markets within Europe and the Far East.
The tire shows its colors.
It is presented as a super-speciality in proprietary technology, joining other Pirelli specialities such as PNCS (a noise-canceling system), Run Flat, and Seal Inside (technology allowing a tire to repair itself in the event of a puncture).
This extra demand for personalization has been confirmed by Pirelli’s constant monitoring of consumer trends, as well as through market research.The base colors for the colored edition will be red, yellow, white, and silver: previewed not only on the Pirelli stand but also on some of the most eagerly-anticipated cars at the Geneva Motor Show.
As well as the base colors, options are available in every other color on request.
The innovations introduced by Pirelli with the colored edition of P Zero and Winter Sottozero tires are two-fold: the variety of colors available, and the stability of the sidewall colors themselves, thanks to Pirelli’s ground-breaking and exclusive technology.
Pirelli’s engineers have used the experience gained in Formula 1, where colored tires have been a reality since 2011, to refine an innovative labeling system.
In particular, a new material has been created that acts as a protective barrier to maintain the brilliance of the color and avoid fading caused by time and use, without affecting performance.The very first colored edition P Zero tires have already made their debuts in the last few months as concepts with Pagani, Lamborghini and McLaren, while from the summer they will be available for brands such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche and Bentley.
The colored edition will then be expanded to premium models from the world’s top manufacturers.
Pirelli Connesso: the tire becomes intelligent and interactive.
What is Pirelli Connesso? It’s a digital platform using a sensor integrated within Pirelli’s high end tires to expand on the information already available from each car’s on-board computer.
It provides data about the status, use and maintenance of every tire, also offering localized and personalized services to provide bespoke mobility for the needs of the most demanding drivers.
Pirelli’s new system has been conceived as a technical tire accessory, and is intended to provide a more informed and pleasurable driving experience, optimizing performance and reducing fuel consumption with more efficient use of tires.
Pirelli Connesso is formed of a sensor embedded in the tire connected to the Pirelli Cloud and to a smartphone app, providing an interface that allows drivers to constantly communicate with tires.
This sensor weighs just a few grams and has no effect on the physical performance of the tire.
It continuously measures the status of each tire and sends the data to a centralized control unit and the Pirelli Cloud, which together form the real brain of the Connesso system.
Here the information is processed and then conveyed to the end-user app.
The launch version of the Pirelli Connesso system recognizes each tire’s identification code, monitoring its status from manufacture in the factory to recycling at the end of life.It measures tire pressure and temperature even when the car is at rest, plus static vertical load, tire wear, number of kilometers covered for each tire, and, in a future version, the estimated remaining life in kilometers, as well as acting as a remote pressure gauge when tires are being inflated, providing a true and accurate reading without having to wait for the tires to cool down.
Furthermore, Pirelli Connesso also alerts the driver when the pressure of one or more tires drops too low, or when the wear limit is approaching.
In both cases, the app identifies the closest tire dealership and can directly book an appointment to rectify the pressures, or pre-order and change worn tires, cutting down on waiting time.
In particular, compared to other on-board tire pressure monitoring systems currently used (TPMS), Pirelli Connesso works both when the car is at rest as well as when it is moving.
In a future version, Connesso will also be able detect a drop in pressure remotely and immediately make arrangements for any new tires or maintenance needed, directly in the place where the car is parked.
This type of functionality, which allows predictive tire management, has been developed by Pirelli’s engineers not only to satisfy the requirements of individual users, but also those of fleets and car sharing services.
And there’s more. The Pirelli Connesso app is supported by the first mobility platform of its kind to connect tire makers, consumers and the sales network.Pirelli Connesso is also designed to integrate itself with other smartphone applications (maps, music, restaurants, services) to benefit from even more content and functionality in future.
The Connesso app will offer exclusive services such as indicating which motorsport events are taking place nearby, as well as giving the possibility to write reviews of tire dealerships, in order to share opinions of service received and read the views of other users in the Pirelli Connesso community.
Pirelli’s new system is currently focused on the aftermarket, but there will also be an original equipment solution.
In collaboration with some car manufacturers, Pirelli is developing a brand new technical architecture for tires. As well as enabling all the basic functions, this will add the possibility of automatically controlling the vehicle’s set-up.
By reading each tire’s identification code, the sensor will recognize its characteristics and send that information to the car’s on-board computer, in order to select the car set-up offering the most performance and safety.
This new concept, as well as Pirelli Connesso, form part of the wider Cyber Technologies project, which Pirelli launched in 2005 with the aim of achieving maximum integration between driver, car, and tires.