FRANKFURT, Germany (Sept. 11)—Groupe Michelin and Robert Bosch GmbH are creating a strategic partnership to develop systems that will couple tire and electronic vehicle control technologies to produce vehicle mobility systems and improved braking performance. The partnership involves no cash exchange and will capitalize on Michelin's tire and suspension expertise and Bosch's electronics and braking systems competence, the partners announced at the opening of the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show. Among specific goals is to develop a vehicle mobility system using Michelin's Pax run-flat tire/wheel system and Bosch's electronic stability program and/or brake-by-wire systems, or a system designed to reduce passenger car braking distances by 15 percent by optimizing tire and electronic stability programs. The developments should be market ready by 2004-2005, Michelin said. The two companies will manufacture components separately for the venture, but said they plan to make the technology available to other suppliers, to push such developments into the marketplace.