Goodyear Advances Tyre Development With Second Dynamic Simulator

The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company and VI-grade today announced a state-of-the-art DiM250 DYNAMIC Driving Simulator will be installed at Goodyear’s Innovation Centre in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.

In addition to strengthening Goodyear’s product development at the European site, the new driving simulator also enhances technical collaboration with its headquarters in Akron, Ohio, USA, where another DiM250 was recently put into operation. In addition, both of Goodyear’s innovation centres employ VI-grade COMPACT Simulators to complement virtual tyre development processes.

Driving simulators allow tyre models to be developed, tested and validated early in the development cycle, identifying the best performing tyres before building a first prototype. This matches with the pace of the automotive development process, providing tyre models at the right time when requested by vehicle manufacturers.

“This level of simulation capability is a clear technology leadership advantage,” said Chris Helsel, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Goodyear. “We are always looking to improve the development process and maintain our status as the preferred supplier for our customers.”

“We are delighted to report on the adoption of a second DiM250 DYNAMIC Driving Simulator at Goodyear,” said Guido Bairati, VP Global Sales and Marketing, VI-grade. “With DiM250 and COMPACT simulators on both sides of the ocean, Goodyear is now at the forefront of virtual tyre development and gains a significant competitive advantage when it comes to collaboration with automotive OEMs and accelerated product development.”