Bridgestone Americas has partnered with Einride to co-create innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for electrified and autonomous Class 8 vehicles.
Einride was the first in the world to operate an electric, self-driving truck on public roads for commercial purposes in 2019.
The collaboration is expected to allow Einride to collect new layers of safety and efficiency-related data from Bridgestone’s smart-sensing tyres, while enabling Bridgestone to integrate its advanced mobility technologies into Einride’s onboard vehicle platforms.
As part of the agreement, Bridgestone will become the official US launch partner of Einride and the exclusive tyre supplier for Einride in the US market.
In turn, Einride will supply connected electric trucks and digital services under a subscription agreement to join Bridgestone’s US logistics network.
The partnership aims to grow Bridgestone’s electrified vehicle fleet over time and reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
The initial truck deployment will transport Bridgestone tyre inventory between the company’s LaVergne commercial truck tyre manufacturing plant and Lebanon distribution facility, both in Tennessee.
“We are incredibly excited about this partnership and the opportunity to accelerate our shared goal of creating innovative solutions for fleets while advancing the transformation of Bridgestone into a sustainable solutions company,” said Nizar Trigui, CTO and group president, solutions businesses, Bridgestone Americas.
“There is a very high ceiling for innovation within this relationship, including the use of vehicle and tyre data and advanced analytics to drive efficiency, safety and low-carbon fleet mobility.”