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There have been some projects along these lines.
Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe incorporates passive UHF RFID tags into the tires it manufactures for truck races, as well as for truck trailers used for hauling cargo. In 2012, the company conducted field trials involving the tagging of bus tires. The deployment of radio frequency identification technology is part of the company’s FleetOnlineSolutions tire-management program, designed with the help of British software firm Datalinx to capture and store data regarding individual tires. By logging onto the FleetOnlineSolutions website, tire owners, service providers and Goodyear Dunlop can share that information (see Goodyear Dunlop Europe Plans RFID Trials for Bus Tires).
The company tested the racing tire RFID application in 2009 on racecars at the British Touring Car Championship (see British Touring Car Championship Tracks Tires). Field trials involving the trailer tires were performed in 2011, including on the tires of the 3,100 trailers operated by logistics services provider Ewals Cargo Care.
Michelin North America has developed a solution that enables transponders to stick with a tire casing throughout its life. The purpose is to add value to the tires it provides to its customers in the commercial trucking industry (see Manufacturing: Michelin Adds Value by Embedding RFID in Truck Tires).
So, yes, there are tags that will work in tires, and it is possible to set up readers to track those tires’ movements. You would need software to turn the tag reads into data you can use, as well as a company that can install the readers and set up the system for you.
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