AKRON—Goodyear is expanding its collaboration with Tesloop Inc., which operates a fleet of semi-autonomous electric-powered Teslas, by supplying wireless sensors in its tires. The goal is to improve tire management and maximizing uptime for Tesloop's fleet.
Goodyear said the wireless sensors continuously measure tire temperature and pressure, which then is compared with other vehicle data and connected to Goodyear's cloud-based proprietary algorithms. Goodyear said the process enhances overall fleet operations and predicts when tires need service or replacement.
"We want to build the future, not just observe or read about it," said Chris Helsel, Goodyear's chief technology officer. "As the new mobility ecosystem continues to take shape, we are taking steps to match the pace of technical change in the transportation industry and develop tire innovations that meet the intelligence of the vehicles riding on them."
As part of its collaboration with Tesloop, which was founded in 2015, Goodyear will extend its mobile fleet solutions to passenger vehicles, providing tire maintenance and repair while Tesloop vehicles are at charging stations, during regularly planned downtime.
"When you are operating cars nearly 24/7/365, minimizing tire incidents is critical to the customer experience and the business model," Tesloop CEO Rahul Sonnad said. "The possibilities for data-driven tire diagnostics are remarkable and promise to help a business like Tesloop operate more efficiently and make our vehicles the safest on the road."