Goodyear and TNO Collaborate on Intelligent Brake System
Global tire company and Dutch research organization team up to demonstrate smart mobility technology
US-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Dutch research organization TNO are collaborating on a demonstration vehicle that will test the implications of connected tires talking to the vehicle’s control system, most specifically the anti-lock brake system (ABS). The joint study illustrates how the Netherlands’ R&D ecosystem helps international companies find innovative, sustainable solutions in the fast-evolving smart mobility sector.
“There is a tremendous opportunity when you consider the information the tire can convey to the vehicle in a connected environment,” said Chris Queen, Goodyear senior director, innovation technology. “TNO has a like-minded commitment to a better future, and we are excited to advance this demonstration to see how we can continue to improve vehicle performance.”
“TNO is focused on increasing the safety, efficiency and sustainability of traffic and transport and this collaboration is designed on saving every centimeter possible of braking distance,” said Ellen Lastdrager, Managing Director of the TNO Traffic and Transport Department. “We feel strongly that we can help reduce accidents and save lives as we better integrate tires and braking systems.”
Optimizing braking distance to maximize safety and sustainability
By connecting Goodyear’s intelligent tires with a vehicle’s ABS system, braking performance can be optimized for the situation and tire state while helping with the steerability of the vehicle. Previous studies by Goodyear indicate that integration of these two components can reduce the stopping distance loss by about 30%.
The joint study will look for more meaningful integration with the intent to optimize braking distance when considering tire operating and road-surface conditions. Both TNO and Goodyear are focused on maximizing potential safety and sustainability implications and expect to share results in early 2022.
Goodyear connects with Dutch R&D expertise to transform the way we drive
Connected tires are the only part of a vehicle that touches the road, and that critical position allows tires to provide actionable feedback information to the vehicle. As mobility evolves and as vehicles and cities become smarter, Goodyear’s intelligent tires aim to transform the way we drive. The company has found a perfect partner in TNO’s Traffic and Transport unit, which has the ambition to help create livable, sustainable cities through clean, safe, reliable and affordable mobility and logistics.
The collaboration between TNO and Goodyear epitomizes the synergy between foreign companies and research institutes in the Netherlands. It’s no wonder that so many major multinationals choose to go Dutch when establishing their R&D centers in Europe.23 March 2021