This paper introduces a wireless piezoelectric tire sensor whose readings can be utilized for the estimation of various tire variables such as slip angle, slip ratio, tire forces and tire road friction coefficient. In this paper, the proposed sensor is demonstrated for the estimation of tire slip angle. Lateral deformation of the tire is decoupled from radial and longitudinal tire deformations using a special sensor design. The decoupled lateral deflection profile of the tire is employed to estimate the slip angle. A new tire test rig is constructed to experimentally evaluate the performance of the developed sensor. Results show that the tire sensor can accurately estimate slip angles up to values of 5.0 degrees.

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