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Goodyear launches cloud-connected tyre solution for vans

Goodyear has launched its first tyre intelligence solution for van fleet operators, Goodyear SightLine.

The tyre maker claims Goodyear SightLine will help enable seamless, safe and reliable mobility for all vehicles starting with cargo vans serving the field service, construction and last-mile delivery industries.

Later in 2021, Goodyear SightLine will also be available to Goodyear’s original equipment customers and emerging fleet and mobility providers.

Initially available in Europe and North America, Goodyear SightLine uses sensors with cloud-based algorithms to communicate with fleet operators in real-time.

Goodyear’s proprietary predictive maintenance technologies aim to help address many challenges facing drivers and fleet managers today, including predicting breakdowns, minimising downtime and monitoring tyre pressure and wear for enhanced safety and more cost-efficient mobility.

Chris Helsel, senior vice president, global operations and chief technology officer at Goodyear says: “Much like smart watches that monitor vitals like heartrates and oxygen levels, Goodyear SightLine’s tire intelligence monitors the health of a tyre.

“Goodyear SightLine takes the mystery out of understanding tires and provides proactive mobility insights to communicate when tires need service or replacement.”

Goodyear claims to have accumulated “billions” of test miles on tyre solutions powered by Goodyear SightLine through pilot programs, and with its launch establishes the groundwork for a connected-tyre future in which every tyre provides intelligence.

The tyre maker has also articulated a company goal to have tyre intelligence in all new products by 2027.

In the future, Goodyear SightLine technology will not only provide feedback on the tyre, but provide feedback on road conditions, enabling connected, autonomous mobility.

Initial testing has shown integrating Goodyear SightLine technology into a vehicle’s control’s system can reduce stopping distance loss by 30 per cent, the company states.