AKRON—Goodyear has become the first tire company to participate in autonomous vehicle and intelligent tire testing at Mcity, a University of Michigan-led public-private partnership designed to advance connected and automated vehicles and supportive technologies.
Mcity, which encompasses roughly 16 acres of roadways and traffic infrastructure, was designed as a testing and proving ground for connected and autonomous vehicle technology. By expanding its global innovation network to include Mcity, Goodyear is tapping a new resource for early-stage research and testing in a state-of-the-art, real-world environment.
For its part, Goodyear will conduct testing that further develops its intelligent tires and application sensors, while extending its role in managing the connection of tires to vehicles, roads and consumers.
"We're pleased to welcome Goodyear to our growing team of forward-thinking partners, especially considering the company's reputation as a longtime industry leader," Huei Peng, director of Mcity and the Roger L. McCarthy professor of Mechanical Engineering at UM, said in a statement. "Even as we test and plan for future forms of mobility, we acknowledge the critical role of tires in evolving forms of transportation."