Goodyear Puts Smart Tires to the Test
Goodyear is developing a smart connected tire system that the company claims can reduce stopping distance lost between a new and worn tire by 30%.
The technology uses embedded sensors to measure a tire’s wear, load, inflation and temperature. This information is paired with real-time road surface conditions and Goodyear’s cloud-based algorithms, which the company says will allow drivers or autonomous vehicle systems to adjust driving dynamics to optimize performance and safety.
Over the past few years, Goodyear has conducted more than 3 million miles of road tests and field trials with the connected tires.
The latest focus is on testing the technology in conjunction with autonomous vehicle systems. Connected sensors can quickly identify changing road conditions and relay the information to other vehicle systems—and potentially other vehicles—to make the appropriate changes in speed, steering or braking.
No timeline was given for potential commercialization.
Continental, an automotive supplier that has a deep engineering bench, is making a huge organizational change, one that Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the executive board, explains is necessary because, as he puts it, “The industry is changing at a high pace, so we have to change, too.”
The way people are going to get transportation is changing the world over. Get ready for it.
Perhaps it has something to do with comparatively low gas prices.