Goodyear connected tyres with embedded sensors can talk to both the vehicle and road to measure characteristics of the tyre.
Goodyear Connected Tyres Enhance Vehicle Performance and Safety
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently eclipsed 3 million miles of data from road tests and field trials with customers derived from its connected tyres. Connected tyres – those with embedded sensors – are able to “talk” to the vehicle and the road and measure characteristics of the tyre, leading to potential enhanced vehicle performance and safety.
In fact, initial studies have shown that Goodyear’s connected tyres can reduce stopping distance lost between a new and worn tyre by 30 percent. With the evolution to electric and autonomous vehicles, connected tyres and the impact they can have on stopping distance, communication with the vehicle will only increase in importance.
Goodyear’s connected, intelligent tyre system continuously measures and records tyre-derived information, which is paired with other vehicle data and connected to Goodyear’s cloud-based proprietary algorithms.
The intelligent tyres can measure tyre wear, load, inflation and temperature, along with road surface conditions, in real time, allowing the vehicle to adjust and respond to these measurements and optimise vehicle performance.
“Consider someone driving on a slick, curvy road in wet conditions. The driver adjusts his movements by slowing down, tapping the brakes or avoiding sudden steering,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s Chief Technology Officer. “But what happens when nobody is behind the wheel? The tyre is the only part of the vehicle that touches the ground and it can communicate vital information to the vehicle, enhancing safety and performance.”
While Goodyear’s connected tyres are not yet available to consumers, the company is continuously testing connected tyres extensively with auto makers, start-ups and more, developing custom products and solutions to help enhance safe riding experiences with eventual use by consumers down the road.