Maxion Wheels will be collaborating with ZF Openmatics to develop a fully-integrated wheel connectivity solution. The multiservice sensor will capture, analyze and broadcast key data such as tire pressure and temperature, wheel load and other wheel and tire performance metrics to drivers, fleet managers and infrastructure authorities, the companies said.
The Smart Wheel Connectivity Solution combines Maxion Wheels’ MaxSmart wheel sensor technology with ZF Openmatics’ integrated TAG sensor platform. Mounted directly to each wheel rim of the vehicle, the Bluetooth tags track humidity, tire temperature, air pressure and vehicle load as well as wheel position, speed and vibration across nine axis. Information is collected real time and wirelessly transmitted to the vehicle’s telematics onboard unit before being transferred to the ZF Cloud. The data can then be read and analyzed via PC, smart devices or sent to a third party system of the customer’s choice.
“By collecting essential vehicle information at the wheel, we can help fleets operate more efficiently,” said Donald Polk, president of Americas for Maxion Wheels.
The new partnership’s goal is to complete its feasibility studies during the first half of 2020, followed by real-world testing and validation.