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Bridgestone invests in self-driving truck firm

Bridgestone has revealed that it has made a “minority” investment in Kodiak Robotics, a leading US-based self-driving truck company.

The tyre maker says the partnership will allow it to integrate its smart-sensing tyre technologies and fleet solutions into Kodiak’s level 4 autonomous trucks.

The companies will also pilot future autonomous and smart tyre technologies to further enhance vehicle intelligence and advance toward a safer, more efficient, and more sustainable mobility future.

Kodiak moves freight autonomously for its customers using its fleet of level 4 self-driving long-haul trucks in the state of Texas with a safety driver on board.

Bridgestone’s suite of cloud-based technologies leverage connected vehicle data to help predict tyre health and maintenance, as well as optimise tyre lifespan.

Additionally, Bridgestone’s vehicle platform technologies provide tyre intelligence to vehicle safety and autonomous systems to tune their performance and drive safer outcomes.

Together, Kodiak and Bridgestone will be able to link vehicle-based and smart-sensing tyre technologies to improve vehicle safety, fleet efficiency, and the next generation of autonomous truck solutions.