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Goodyear's Smart Tires Seek to Improve Tire Management, Maximize Fleet Uptime

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is testing "smart tires" on city-to-city mobility service Tesloops' semi-autonomous electric cars.

by Akron Beacon Journal / September 13, 2017
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced that it is equipping Tesloop, a city-to-city mobility service that exclusively uses Tesla electric vehicles, with wireless sensors in its tires to improve overall tire management and maximize uptime for its growing fleet. (PRNewsfoto/The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Comp) The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

(TNS) -- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is supplying “smart” tires with built-in wireless sensors as part of a long-term test using a fleet of Tesla electric vehicles in California.

The Goodyear tires are on a fleet of semi-autonomous electric cars belonging to Tesloop, a city-to-city mobility service. The wireless tire sensors are intended to improve tire management and maximize uptime for the fleet, the Akron tire maker said in a news release.

The sensors continuously measure and record tire temperature and pressure. That information is paired with other vehicle data and connected to Goodyear’s cloud-based algorithms to enhance fleet operations and predict when tires need service or replacement.

“We want to build the future, not just observe or read about it,” Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer, said in a news release. “As the new mobility ecosystem continues to take shape, we are taking steps to match the pace of technical change in the transportation industry and develop tire innovations that meet the intelligence of the vehicles riding on them.”

Goodyear is also extending its mobile fleet solutions to passenger vehicles, providing tire maintenance and repair while Tesloop vehicles are being recharged during regularly planned downtime.

Tesloop’s fleet Teslas average up to 17,000 miles per vehicle per month. Goodyear in January first announced it was working with Tesloop to study the effect of autonomous technologies on tires.

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