Gatik AI Inc. announced plans to implement Goodyear's intelligent tire solution—Goodyear Endurance RSA tires equipped with Goodyear SightLine technology—into a "signifcant" portion" of its autonomous fleet across the U.S. and Canada.
Gatik's AV fleet of of Class 3 – 7 box trucks "has made significant strides in enhancing the safety, accuracy and overall performance of autonomous vehicles (AVs)," the company said. By using SightLine technology, Gatik said it has been able to advance the safety and accuracy of its efficient fleet operations, while also improving delivery uptime and reliability.
Gatik and Goodyear formed their partnershp in 2021 and announced a successful integration of SightLine technology and Gatik's AV fleet in early January 2023.
Gatik has used extensive on-road testing in a variety of real-world driving scenarios to gather tire intelligence data on road conditions and tire health, which has helped the company advance its AV controllers with insights about accurate cornering and braking stiffness, rolling resistance and tire load. The data are communicated between SightLine technology and the autonomous driving system through a real-time feedback loop. The data have enabled Gatik to yield numerous performance enchancements, including the ability to adapt swiftly and safely to various road conditions even when the mass or payload of the truck varies.
Goodyear and Gatik have partnerned to conduct ongoing, rigorous testing at Goodyear's Proving Grounds in San Angelo, Texas. This allows Gatik to ensure its AVs can undergo extensive testing in a safe, closed course environment for both common and unusual road scenarios, the companies said, including traffic lights, road signs, evasive maneuvers, tight turns, collision avoidance, precise lane keeping and minimum risk stopping distances.
The two companies have future plans to incorporate Goodyear's advanced predictive road condition monitoring solution into Gatik's autnomous driving system. The integration will allow Gatik to strategically plan its operations and ensure a consistent and reliable movement of goods for its consumer base, which includes the nation's largest grocers, retailers, distributors, e-commerce platforms and CPG companies.