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Bridgestone Corporation announced recently that it, together with ZMP Inc, has launched a development project aimed at utilising automated driving in tyre noise tests. This project entails outsourcing the development of an automated driving system that incorporates Bridgestone's tyre test expertise to ZMP, the company that creates products and services based on its advanced robotics technologies.
The companies have already succeeded in using automotive driving of manned vehicles at a Bridgestone’s proving ground and are working to achieve SAE-Level 4 automated driving of unmanned vehicles for practical application in tyre noise tests in 2019.
Currently, Bridgestone is conducting various tyre performance tests on its proving grounds that involve test drivers operating vehicles. This new joint development project with ZMP is aimed at achieving automated driving for tyre noise tests. In this project, ZMP conducts development of technologies for automated driving of vehicles for movement within proving grounds tyre noise tests using its automated driving vehicle, ‘RoboCar MiniVan’, and Bridgestone’s expertise in various tyre tests.
Recently, tyre noise regulations were introduced in Europe, Asia, Japan and other countries and regions around the world, a trend that is indicative of a larger movement calling for the reduction of the noise produced by tyres when driving. By introducing tyre noise tests using automated driving to perform tests without relying on the skills and expertise of test drivers, Bridgestone aims to improve the accuracy and efficiency of tyre tests and thereby increase the quality of its tyre products. In addition, Bridgestone hopes to utilise the insight gained through this project in the development of tyres for self-driving cars and other next-generation automobiles.
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