Goodyear develops smart tire concept for autonomous fleets

Tire company’s future products debut at 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.

Goodyear’s IIntelliGrip Urban concept.
Photo: Goodyear

GENEVA — Goodyear unveiled its concept of a smart tire that senses road and weather conditions for future urban fleets and a tire armed with artificial intelligence at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.

The IntelliGrip Urban is designed for future-generation autonomous electric ride-sharing vehicles in urban areas.

It gathers critical road and weather data, sending it directly to the vehicle’s computer system, which enables the car to optimize speed, braking, handling and stability.

The global tire company based in Akron, Ohio says the IntelliGrip Urban’s tall and narrow shape reduces rolling resistance to increase energy efficiency and the range of electrical vehicle fleets. The sensor technology would also allow operators to precisely identify and resolve tire-related issues before they happen.

Goodyear also presented its Eagle 360 Urban concept tire, a 3D printed sphere powered by artificial intelligence.

Combined with a bionic skin and morphing tread, the tire will become part of the vehicle’s ‘nervous system’ and the Internet of Things. The bionic skin with its sensor network checks on the tire’s status and gathers information on its environment, including the road surface. Its connectivity with other vehicles and infrastructure, traffic and mobility management systems would also capture information about its surroundings in real-time.

Goodyear employs about 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 21 countries around the world. It has Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.

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