Northeast Ohio Continues Leading Automotive Innovation, Goodyear's Smart Tires To 'Connect' Our Roadways

Jessica N. Abraham

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As legacy car companies begin to electrify existing models, Goodyear Tires is teaming up with a Dutch research organization, The Netherland's Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), to modernize anti-lock braking systems (ABS), soon to be used in connected vehicles and autonomous driving.

Adding even more noise to the future of car manufacturing, Goodyear continues to contribute to Northeast Ohio's history of automobile innovation, as the partnership seeks out ways to optimize steerability and control. The collaborators set out to test the implications of connected tires and how they will interact with the vehicle's control system.

"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.

Previous studies suggest that the integration of such features would allow for a 30% reduction in the time it takes a driver to safely come to a complete stop, should an emergency arise while traveling from Point-A to Point-B. By connecting Goodyear's intelligent tires directly to the vehicle's ABS system, their joint functionality becomes situational, allowing the driver to have more control of the vehicle, based on the oncoming road-surface conditions that lie ahead.

Such capabilities would significantly reduce the number of accidents that plague our bridges and roadways on an annual basis, as tires will be able to provide actionable feedback and information to the driver, critically solving issues that might otherwise unintentionally be avoided.

The companies are focused on maximizing potential safety and sustainability implications while making available technologies affordable for the average American. The results of these studies are currently set to be released at the start of 2022.

"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," said 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."

While it's immediately unclear which vehicles will be used in tandem with these tests, we do know that the Electric Vehicle (EV) Market has been a rapidly growing industry and that Northeast Ohio is among those at the forefront of this industry.

In 1898, Frank Seiberling founded Akron's leading multinational manufacturing company, literally driving its tires to become the most sought-after products across aerospace and automotive industries.

Mobility is evolving, and our Government is currently working on an infrastructure plan to support this. Vehicles and cities are evolving, our roads are getting smarter, and companies like Goodyear aim to "transform the way we drive" -- something they have been doing successfully since the turn of the 20th century!

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