Goodyear trials intelligent tyres for Tesloop mobility service.
Goodyear is equipping Tesloop, a city-to-city mobility service that uses Tesla electric vehicles, with wireless sensors in its tyres as part of a trial that began in January 2017. Through the program, Goodyear is able to study the effects of autonomous technologies on tyres.
The sensors improve overall tyre management and maximize uptime of the vehicle fleet, according to Goodyear. Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer, said the Akron, Ohio-based tyre maker is “taking steps to match the pace of technical change in the transportation industry and develop tyre innovations that meet the intelligence of the vehicles riding on them.”
The wireless sensors in the tyres continuously measure and record tyre temperature and pressure, which is paired with other vehicle data and connected to Goodyear’s cloud-based proprietary algorithms. The system enhances fleet operations and predicts when tyre service or replacement is needed. Through its program with Tesloop, Goodyear is extending its mobile fleet solutions to passenger vehicles, providing regular tyre maintenance and repair while the vehicles are at charging stations.
The tyre maker first applied its tyre sensors to truck fleets using telematics and predictive analytics to optimize fuel efficiency and identify and resolve tyre-related issues before they happen. The Tesloop fleet averages up to 17,000 miles per vehicle per month. Its highest-mileage vehicle, a Tesla Model S in operation since 2015, recently exceeded 300,000 service miles.