NHTSA says requiring technology ID tags on new tires is feasible

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that it is “technologically feasible” for tire makers to include electronic tire identification data in new tires. The agency also noted that it likely will require additional industry effort and possible regulatory action to ensure the use of a single type of technology and standard information format.

The findings are included in a report to Congress, “Electronic Tire Identification Study,” and are based on data gathered over the past three-plus years, since the passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act in December 2015.

NHTSA’s study identified two technologies in use for tire electronic identification—RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and 2D barcodes—and found that either or both of these technologies could be used to implement electronic Tire Identification Number information on all new tires.