The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has signed a technology agreement with California-based Tesloop Inc. to study and model tyre performance based on data generated by the city-to-city mobility service. Tesloop, which is building the first software driven mobility service on autonomous, connected, electric supercharged vehicles (ACES), operates an expanding fleet of semi-autonomous Tesla vehicles, providing a shared passenger transportation service for distances between 90 and 480 kms.
Since its launch in July 2015, Tesloop has been collecting data at a rate now approaching 32,000 kms per month on each vehicle. The company’s first vehicle in service, a 2015 Tesla Model S, has passed the 400,000 km mark, running exclusively on Goodyear tyres.
“Leveraging our deep knowledge and experience in tyire design, testing and fleet operations, our goal is to ensure that we can offer the most innovative range of tyire-related technologies and services for the next generation of connected passenger mobility fleets,” said Jim Euchner, Vice President of Global Innovation at Goodyear. “Tesloop’s leadership in the utilization of semi-autonomous, connected, electric cars gives us insights today into the next generation of ‘mobility’ where driving vehicles 400,000 kms a year may be a common occurrence.”
“Over the next few years, we believe that all leading passenger mobility services will migrate to autonomous, electric, supercharged vehicle platforms,” said Rahul Sonnad, Tesloop’s CEO. “This will drastically lower the cost of car transportation, increase distance driven and enable cars to run nearly 24 hours every day.”
Upcoming technology activities will focus on creating and validating predictive models for tyre wear using cloud-based machine learning and predictive analytics systems. A further goal is to create data-driven triggers to optimize tire maintenance procedures.
“At Goodyear, we know that the ability to gather real-time information about the road, driving conditions, and driving patterns will play an increasing role in optimizing tyre performance for autonomous vehicles,” said Euchner. “With increasing amounts of data being compiled from an array of vehicle sensors as well as internet data sources, there is an unprecedented opportunity to create a new real-time digital framework that may enhance both safety and range, while lowering operational costs.”
“With the advent of the autonomous, connected, electric car, the automobile is undergoing its most transformative upgrade of the last 100 years,” said Sonnad. “More than just cars, our vehicles are effectively nodes on a deeply-digital electric transportation network. And in this world, tyres are by far the most important ongoing maintenance cost factor.”