Goodyear, Local Motors Join Forces On Autonomous Shuttles

Goodyear has teamed with US company Local Motors to conduct tyre testing with an Olli, the brand name of Local Motors’ eight-passenger autonomous shuttle. Local Motors has also selected Goodyear tyres for exclusive fitment on its Olli vehicles.

Goodyear says that adding the vehicle to its testing fleet allows the company to use it for advanced mobility evaluation at various locations.

“Our work on autonomous vehicle projects, such as the Olli, is another mile marker on our journey to future mobility solutions. We learn through pilot programs with leading start-ups, transferring advanced vehicle and ride-sharing data into truly usable and connected information to improve operating performance and benefit customers,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer.

The test work with autonomous vehicles will allow Goodyear to study the operation and maintenance areas that need to be addressed when there is no driver at the controls. This includes future tyre technology options for such vehicles.

Additionally, in Luxembourg, where it operates one of its two global innovation centres, Goodyear is outfitting three autonomous shuttle buses. The vehicles, operated by bus company Sales-Lentz, will shuttle up to 14 passengers per ride on a variety of local routes.

On the three shuttles, Goodyear tyres are equipped with sensors to collect operational data in the real-world application.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Mar 2019 Edition)

12 Mar 2019