Bridgestone will put more management resources to business involved in automated driving and car sharing to survive in the days of IoT where everything is connected on the Internet. The future automobile industry is said to be featured by CASE that stands for connected, automated, sharing, and electric. World automobile sales are estimated at 100 million units in 2023, about 2 million units, or 2%, of which will be for car sharing thereafter because of the shift from owning to utilizing. Thanks to the shift, the world tire market is expected to grow by 2% per year from about 4,000 billion yen in 2017 to 4,700 billion yen in 2025. The shift increases automobile utilization rate, and increased automobile utilization rate increases exchange frequency of tires.
To be ready for the shift, data analysis is crucial. A sensor is attached to a tire to collect data on travel distance and operational status. These data are helpful to know the timing of inspection and service in advance. Bridgestone has been accumulating the know-how to collect such data using mining vehicles. Michelin of France is monitoring the air pressure and inside temperature of a tire using the sensor attached to a tire. It informs the tire administrator of the current status when data go down below the standard values.
Komatsu installs its remote control monitoring system named Komtrax all its construction machines operating in the world for preventive maintenance and energy-saving operation. Hitachi that concluded a nearly 30 years’ maintenance contract with the high-speed railway of Great Britain installs about 40,000 sensors installed on each railway car, through which it collects data for efficient maintenance. Competition in the sales of vehicles and machines in the construction business has already entered into a new stage that asks manufacturers to realize added-value with the help of 5G, the next-generation communication standard.
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