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14/07/2020
Cyber Car technology is now integrated into the Golia fleet management platform

It was 2018 when, at the Geneva Motor Show, Pirelli presented its Cyber Car, a system developed in collaboration with leading car manufacturers and the result of over 20 years of research in close contact with prestigious research institutes, able to make OE tires interact with the vehicle's electronic system by sending to it all the operating parameters

Stefano Martini

It was 2018 when, at the Geneva Motor Show, Pirelli presented its Cyber Car, a system developed in collaboration with leading car manufacturers and the result of over 20 years of research in close contact with prestigious research institutes, able to make OE tires interact with the vehicle's electronic system by sending to it all the operating parameters. It was one of the great steps forward made by Pirelli in the technological development of its tires, aimed at achieving the highest level of integration between tires, vehicles and drivers.

But technology, as we all know, runs fast, and a year after the presentation in Geneva, the Milan-based company chose an event organized by 5G Automotive Association ("The 5G Path of Vehicle-to-Everything Communication"), and held on November 2019 in Turin, to announce another great news within the sector. Pirelli is in fact the first company in the tire world able to share, on the 5G network, all information related to road condition detected by its intelligent tires. Thanks to the collaboration with Ericsson, Audi, Tim and KTH, Pirelli has in fact shown, on the test track located on the roof of the Lingotto in Turin, how a vehicle equipped with Pirelli Cyber Tire and connected to the 5G network is able to warn another vehicle on the way about the risk of aquaplaning, using the ultra-wide 5G band. The goal of Pirelli's research is to allow the Pirelli Cyber Tire, equipped with a special sensor, to dialogue with the vehicle – sending data on tire conditions, mileage, dynamic load to the on-board computer -, first with the driver and, in a not too distant future, with the entire road infrastructure, joining what the company defines as a broader "communication paradigm", capable of involving the entire road transport ecosystem. The use of sensors inside tires is part of the "Perfect Fit" strategy, aimed at developing products and services tailored to meet the needs of car manufacturers, fleets and drivers in general.

Pirelli's technological development process continues along this line. Last April, Pirelli announced that the Pirelli Cyber Tire control system is now available on the "Golia" (Italian acronym for Management Organization Work Enterprise Road transport) platform of Infogestweb, a software company with more than 30 years' experience in the market and a training body certified by the Ministry of Transport. Infogestweb is specialized in offering companies innovative IT solutions, especially in the field of goods and passenger transport. This is precisely the area in which the Golia (Goliath in English) platform feels perfectly at home, an integrated set of advanced tools and services that enables fleet managers to monitor the tachograph, geolocation, driver activity planning, management and fuel consumption. By interfacing with other platforms, Golia makes it possible to automate operations, efficiently organising transport and all related operations. In addition, commercial transport vehicles that have chosen the Golia platform can also rely on a tire-monitoring module developed by Pirelli Cyber, for a more complete and efficient management of both vehicles and fleet.

Daniel Gainza, Pirelli Cyber's chief commercial officer, commented the announcement: "Pirelli Cyber technology enables tires to be integrated into a connectivity-based service platform. In addition, we have designed the system in such a way that it is extremely easy and convenient to adopt". The advantages? Quick tire control, greater driving efficiency and ease of use. For a fleet manager, constant tire inspection and maintenance are vital to ensure the safety of their drivers as well as the goods transported. Proper tire pressure management helps reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, which are also essential aspects of managing a transport fleet. Pirelli Cyber technology, by means of sensors embedded in the tires, makes it possible to reduce the time needed to check tire pressure, scheduling maintenance more efficiently. The fleet manager, thanks to the integration of this technology within Golia, will therefore be able to remotely monitor not only the driving, work and rest times of its drivers, but also the operational data of the fleet and, of course, the conditions of the tires in real time and consequently plan any needed maintenance work.

"Our consulting and online services are contributing more and more to the success of our customers", adds Claudio Carrano, CEO of Infogestweb, "and as of today we have added a vital new service, tire monitoring, confirming, once again, that transport safety and sustainability are the cornerstones of our corporate mission".

A common objective, involving both Pirelli and Infogestweb, is to offer fleet managers a complete, accessible and "smart" service, allowing them to monitor the entire fleet management system accurately and efficiently.

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