Pushing for sustainable mobility Goodyear intelligent sensors and prototype tyres will fuel energy savings for SARTA hydrogen-powered buses.
Goodyear Intelligent Tyre Sensors and Prototype Tyres to be Tested on SARTA Buses
Goodyear and the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), both based in Northeast Ohio, are pushing for future mobility. The two companies will collaborate on testing intelligent tyre sensors and prototype tyres on SARTA’s fleet of diesel and zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell-powered (HFC) buses.
The intelligent tyres leverage Goodyear’s TPMS Plus on-vehicle sensors to send real-time data on tyre conditions to the Goodyear SightLine mobility cloud. With customisable algorithms, the data is analysed to deliver insights for tyre performance, as well as and any potential vehicle issues along the line. The tests will help Goodyear evaluate the performance of TPMS Plus powered by Goodyear SightLine on HFC buses in daily public transit service while also helping SARTA lower their operational costs, reduce fleet downtime and increase environmental benefits.
Goodyear will also be testing a prototype tyre on SARTA’s diesel and HFC buses to measure tread wear, rolling resistance and tyre life. The data from these tests will help inform Goodyear’s future tyre designs for electric vehicles.
Both Companies Looking Forward to Seeing How the Tests Will Improve Tyre Management
“Goodyear’s scientists and engineers continuously look for opportunities to experiment with new technology so we can stretch our thinking and advance our capabilities for the tyres of tomorrow,” said Johnny McIntosh, Goodyear’s director, Integrated Solutions and Tyre Management. “This work with SARTA will give us valuable data on ways tyres can impact the safety, sustainability and efficiency of public transportation.”
“Like our friends and neighbours at Goodyear, SARTA is committed to the development and deployment of sustainable transportation solutions,” SARTA CEO Kirt Conrad said. “We are pleased and proud to provide a real-world testing environment for innovative technology that will increase the miles-per-gallon performance of our diesel buses and increase the already-impressive range of our HFC-powered vehicles.”
Both tests will be taking place on 10 SARTA vehicles in daily revenue service, including five diesel and five HFC buses. Preliminary tests already show the potential for TPMS Plus powered by Goodyear SightLine to help reduce roadside bus breakdowns and improve fuel efficiency.