AKRON—Goodyear has begun collaborating with the Dutch research organization TNO on a project to test the potential of integrating information collected by "intelligent tires" with a vehicle's anti-lock brake system.
Goodyear contends that connecting data generated by intelligent tires with a vehicle's ABS would optimize braking performance and steerability based on road/weather conditions and the state of the tires.
Previous studies by Goodyear indicate that integration of these two components can reduce the stopping distance by about 30 percent.
"There is a tremendous opportunity when you consider the information the tire can convey to the vehicle in a connected environment," said Chris Queen, Goodyear senior director of innovation technology.
Since tires are the only part of a vehicle that touches the road, Goodyear said they potentially can provide "actionable" information to the vehicle's operating systems.
"TNO has a like-minded commitment to a better future," Queen said, "and we are excited to advance this demonstration to see how we can continue to improve vehicle performance."
Both companies are focused on maximizing potential safety and sustainability implications and expect to share results in early 2022. The parties did not disclose any expected investment amounts budgeted for the project.
"TNO is focused on increasing the safety, efficiency and sustainability of traffic and transport and this collaboration is designed on saving every centimeter possible of braking distance," 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 tires and braking systems."
The TNO (The Netherlands Organisation) is an independent organization founded in 1932 dedicated to applied scientific research on behalf of the public interest.