GENEVA, Switzerland (March 7, 2017) — Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. has developed a digital platform that integrates tire operating data available through its cyber technology with telecommunications technology to deliver real-time tire performance feedback to the driver through a mobile phone app.
The platform, dubbed "Conesso," is available initially to owners of cars fitted with P Zero and Winter Sottozero tires, which are equipped with Pirelli's sensor-driven cyber tire technology.
Pirelli unveiled the technology — along with the market availability of its custom color-sidewall option — at the 2017 Geneva International Auto Show, which opened March 7.
The system will be launched initially in the U.S. this summer, followed by key markets in Europe and the Far East.
The sensors built into the tires convey information about the status, as well as the wear and maintenance needed, on all four tires, Pirelli said, which could enable even the most demanding drivers to improve their driving style to cut fuel consumption and improve tire life.
In the launch version, Pirelli Connesso recognizes the identification code of each tire and measures its pressure and temperature, even when the car is standing still, Pirelli said. The system also supplies information about each tire's vertical static load, how worn it is and how many miles it's been run.
The system sends the data to the Pirelli Cloud, which crunches the numbers and sends them to each driver's app, with any warnings delivered via a special alert.