KUALA LUMPUR: Goodyear’s connected tyres are said to be able to reduce stopping distance lost between a new and worn tyre by 30%.
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’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 Goodyear chief technology officer Chris Helsel.
“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 and start-ups, and has more than three million miles of data from road tests and field trials with customers derived from its connected tyres.