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Game-changing technologies: News and views

News and views on developments in digitalisation and automation that are set to revolutionise the design, manufacture, testing and supply of tires and industrial rubber products:

 

GM’s autonomous vehicle unit gets $2.25bn boost

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Detroit, Michigan – SoftBank Vision Fund, a prominent technology investment firm, is investing $2.25 billion in Cruise Automation, General Motors’ autonomous vehicle operation. The investment will provide financial backing for the auto maker’s plan to begin launching self-driving vehicles on a volume basis in 2019, GM said 31 May.

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Toyota to open US autonomous testing facility

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Detroit, Michigan – The Toyota Research Institute plans to open a closed-course testing facility for autonomous vehicles at the Michigan Technical Resource Park in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. The 60-acre site, to open in October, will be used to reproduce scenarios that are too risky to execute on public roads, TRI said in a statement, and will involve “congested urban environments, slick surfaces and a four-lane divided highway with high-speed entrance and exit ramps.” Read more

 

Didi alliance eyes 10 million EVs by 2028

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Beijing –Didi Chuxing is the force to reckon with in Chinese ride-hailing. First for locals, who can’t seem to crisscross a city here without it. And now for international auto industry companies. Read more

 

Conti adding trailer version of TPMS for trucks

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Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico – Continental Tire the Americas has developed a stand-alone version of its ContiPressureCheck tire pressure monitoring system, designated for use on trailers. Read more

 

Future Tire: Q&A with VMI R&D manager, tire building

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In this Q&A, Erwin Zweers, VMI R&D manager, tire building, gives his views on the development of new technologies for the tire manufacturing arena,, Read more

 

Continental developing aquaplaning warning system

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Conti engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle’s driver and engage active stabilisation measures. Read more

 

Future Tire: Q&A with Conti’s tire line development leader

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Interview with Philipp Struck, head of tire line development EMEA OE at Continental on new technology trends… Read more

 

Facebook’s privacy problem in the era of self-driving car

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All eyes were on Washington as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced Congress to answer for the widespread data-sharing controversy involving political data firm Cambridge Analytica. At one point Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked Zuckerberg, “Would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?   Read more

 

Future Tire Conference: Q&A with Cimcorp technology director

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ERJ interviews Jyrki Anttonen technology director, Cimcorp Oy about current trends in the global tire manufacturing industry… Read more

 

HF boss has high hopes for new TBM technology

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With 23 years’ experience in the tire industry, Markus Wachter joined the Hamburg-based HF Group in 2016, as executive vice president extrusion & tire building machine technology. The appointment meant a move from tire-making to making machinery for Wachter… Read more

 

Future Tire: Q&A with Enzo Sorrentino of Rockwell Automation

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ERJ interviews Enzo Sorrentino of Rockwell Automation about current trends in the global tire manufacturing industry. Read more

Will tire makers ever see the light?

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COMMENT – Electric vehicles, connected mobility and autonomous driving, are forecast by many to radically change the way we all travel around in the not-too-distant future. While there is clearly an element of hype around connected mobility, there seems little doubt that some big changes are on the way…  Read more