We don't know if the video we saw just a few days ago of a truck driving autonomously, without human intervention, was the trigger, but the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has decided to partner with the Plus company, a global provider of automotive technology. autonomous trucks. The agreement was born with the aim of providing autonomous and optimized transport solutions "that enhance the intelligent and connected transformation" of the logistics industry.
Through this collaboration, Goodyear's suite of services, including connected tires, will further improve the transport efficiency and safety of semi-trailers powered by Plus Level 4 autonomous driving technology while simultaneously, it will reduce the carbon footprint. Both firms will explore how Plus's autonomous driving system can incorporate feedback from Goodyear's connected tires into machine learning-based online fuel economy efficiency to further improve fuel economy.
Integrating Goodyear's smart tires with Plus's autonomous driving system can also improve a vehicle's overall performance in extreme weather conditions and on extreme roads. The Californian entity is already implementing its autonomous driving solution for the driver, PlusDrive, one of its clients being the Chinese firm of heavy trucks FAW, which will be in charge of manufacturing the J7 L3 (First Automobile Works) with PlusDrive technology in the third quarter of 2021.
Bet on autonomous transport
"Tires are the only thing on a vehicle that touches the ground and it is this critical position that can help us enable future mobility solutions such as autonomous transportation. Goodyear is supporting efficient fleet operations and is pleased to drive more possibilities for the industry. of logistics with Plus, " says Chris Helsel, Goodyear's senior vice president of global operations and chief technology officer.
For his part, Shawn Kerrigan, COO, and co-founder of Plus commented: "We are constantly exploring new opportunities to generate more value for customers using our autonomous driving technology. The collaboration between Plus and Goodyear allows us to take advantage of the technologies fuel efficiency benchmarks from both companies, and leverage them to further improve the performance of autonomous trucks. "