Goodyear has announced that it has recently eclipsed three 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.
Goodyear said initial studies suggest its connected tyres can reduce stopping distance lost between a new and worn tyre by 30 per cent. With the evolution to electric and autonomous vehicles, connected tyres and the impact they can have on stopping distance, will only increase the importance of communication with the vehicle.
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. This allows the vehicle to adjust and respond to these measurements and optimise vehicle performance.
“Consider someone driving on a slick, curvy road in cold temperatures. 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 stated it is continuously testing connected tyres extensively with auto makers, start-ups and others – developing custom products and solutions to help enhance safe riding experiences with eventual use by consumers down the road.