The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company and Dutch research organisation TNO are collaborating on a demonstration vehicle that will test the implications of connected tyres talking to the vehicle’s control system, most specifically the anti-lock brake system (ABS).
By connecting Goodyear’s intelligent tyres with a vehicle’s ABS system, braking performance can be optimised for the situation and tyre state, while helping with the steerability of the vehicle. Previous studies by Goodyear indicate that integration of these two components can reduce the stopping distance loss by about 30%.
The study will look for more meaningful integration, with the intent to optimise braking distance when considering tyre operating and road-surface conditions. Both companies 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 tyre 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.”
“TNO is focused on increasing the safety, efficiency and sustainability of traffic and transport and this collaboration is designed on saving every centimetre 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 tyres and braking systems.”
Connected tyres are the only part of a vehicle that touches the road, and that critical position allows tyres to feedback information, providing actionable information to the vehicle. As mobility evolves and vehicles and cities become smarter, Goodyear’s intelligent tyres aim to transform the way we drive.