Akron, Ohio – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Dutch research organisation TNO have joined forces to integrate connected tires with vehicles' control system, most specifically the anti-lock brake system (ABS).
The partners will collaborate on a demo vehicle to optimise braking performance based on the situation and the state of tires, said Goodyear in a 16 March statement.
Citing previous studies, Goodyear said the integration of these two components could reduce the stopping distance loss by about 30%.
The joint collaboration will look for "more meaningful integration" with the intent to optimise braking distance when considering tire operating and road-surface conditions.
Both companies, Goodyear said, are focused on maximising potential safety and sustainability implications and expect to share results in early 2022.
“There is a tremendous opportunity when you consider the information the tire can convey to the vehicle in a connected environment,” said Chris Queen, Goodyear senior director, innovation technology.
“TNO has a like-minded commitment to a better future, and we are excited to advance this demonstration to see how we can continue to improve vehicle performance.”
Based in The Hague, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is an independent research institute which offers services to industries, helping them improve safety and sustainability.
“TNO is focused on increasing the safety, efficiency and sustainability of traffic and transport and this collaboration is designed on saving every centimeter possible of braking distance,” said Ellen Lastdrager, managing director of the TNO traffic and transport department.
“We feel strongly that we can help reduce accidents and save lives as we better integrate tires and braking systems.”