Goodyear designs concept tyre for autonomous electric vehicle fleets

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Goodyear has unveiled a concept tyre designed for future-generation autonomous electric ride-sharing vehicles in urban areas.

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The tyre’s in-built technology feeds back information on road and weather conditions.

Dubbed the IntelliGrip Urban, the tyre features Sensor-in-Tyre technology, which senses road and weather conditions and sends the data directly to the vehicle’s computer system, enabling the car to optimise speed, braking, handling and stability.

The technology is also intended to aid fleets by enabling them to monitor their vehicles and tyres in real time, allowing them to precisely identify and resolve tyre-related and potential safety issues before they happen, improving the uptime, efficiency and sustainability of the fleet.

The concept tyre has also features a tall and narrow design, reducing rolling resistance to increase energy efficiency and range for electrical vehicle fleets in an urban environment, while also offering improved aquaplaning performance.

It also brings a specially designed tread to provides grip in both winter and summer conditions in urban environments.

“With a focus on vehicles for future urban areas, the IntelliGrip Urban concept tyre’s technical features aim to maximise uptime and energy efficiency. This is crucial for ‘Mobility as a Service’ providers to offer improved mobility to their customers,” said Jean-Claude Kihn, president of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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