University of Portsmouth project will improve tyre safety

THE University of Portsmouth has been given £1.2m to help prevent accidents and breakdowns in commercial vehicles.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 6:12 am

The model will look at tyre safety and how long drivers can go without having to change them.

The work will be rolled out over two years by Tructyre Fleet Management, in partnership with the university, Satellite Applications Catapult and RL Automotive.

Professor of industrial systems David Brown, of the university’s institute of industrial research, said: ‘Damaged tyres can lead to very serious accidents, especially on large vehicles.

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‘This project is all about safety; we want to be able to tell commercial vehicle drivers how far they can go while their tyres are still safe.’

The model will predict the risk of tyre or brake failure using a cloud-based software to monitor tyre data, which is linked to satellite communications. It will provide drivers, fleet managers and tyre service providers with accurate predictions of tyre and mechanical issues.