COLUMBUS, Ohio (United States): Goodyear has partnered with Envoy Technologies in testing services aimed at minimising operational downtime for vehicle fleets.
Goodyear’s unique predictive tyre servicing solution for connected fleets is being used to forecast and automatically schedule needed tyre maintenance and replacement.
Envoy’s fleet managers can see its fleet’s status, schedule maintenance needs and update appointments with Goodyear’s on-demand scheduling program, helping to keep its vehicles operational and avoid the typically unforeseen issues that might suddenly force a shared vehicle to be pulled from service.
To do this, Goodyear gathers secure, anonymised data from Envoy’s connected vehicles and uses it to predict and schedule service needs.
Goodyear then utilises its network of outlets and mobile vans to provide service to the vehicles.
The mobile vans can install tyres on-site at their charging stations, maintaining vehicle safety with minimal time required by Envoy staff.
“With on-demand car sharing and ride hailing services on the rise, Goodyear is extending its fleet services business model to shared mobility providers to improve urban fleet operations,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer.
According to Helsel, Goodyear’s advantage lies in its combination of fleet management expertise, intelligent products and a vast service network to deliver complete solutions for the future of mobility.
Goodyear’s effort with Envoy builds on a successful test program with Tesloop, a city-to-city mobility service that exclusively used Tesla electric vehicles, and the commercialisation of Goodyear Proactive Solutions for truck fleets, using advanced telematics and predictive analytics technology to allow fleet operators to optimise fuel efficiency and precisely identify and resolve tyre-related issues before they happen.
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tyre companies while Envoy provides shared, community-based electric vehicles where people live, work and stay, with a significant percentage of its fleet dedicated to deployment in disadvantaged communities.
Envoy, a two-year-old company, recently passed a milestone of more than 100 vehicles deployed at partner sites with a pipeline of 1,800 vehicles to be launched in major metropolitan areas including Portland, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, New York, Boston, Miami and Washington, D.C.