Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, recently announced a strategic collaboration with Plus – formerly recognized as Plus.ai, a provider of autonomous trucking technology, to enhance the intelligent and connected transformation of the logistics industry through autonomous trucking.
Chris Helsel, SVP Global Operations & CTO of Goodyear, said, “Tires are the only thing on a vehicle that touches the ground and it’s this critical position that can help us enable future mobility solutions like autonomous transportation. With our leadership in products and innovation, Goodyear is supporting efficient fleet operations and is pleased to drive more possibilities for the logistics industry with Plus.”
Using Plus’s Level 4 autonomous driving technology, Goodyear’s suite of connected tires will increase safety and efficiency while lowering the impact on the environment for semi-trucks. As part of the partnership, Goodyear and Plus will explore how Plus’s autonomous driving system can utilize the data from Goodyear’s connected tires to improve fuel consumption online through machine learning (ML).
In addition to improving a vehicle’s overall performance in extreme weather conditions and road conditions, Goodyear’s intelligent tires can be integrated with Plus’s autonomous driving system.
Shawn Kerrigan, COO, and Co-founder of Plus said, “We are constantly exploring new opportunities to generate more value for customers using our autonomous driving technology. The collaboration between Plus and Goodyear enables us to leverage both companies’ innovative fuel efficiency technologies, and harness these to further improve the performance of autonomous trucks.”