A collaboration project between Goodyear and Dutch research organization TNO will showcase an intelligent brake system designed to test interactions between connected tires and a vehicle’s control system. A demonstration vehicle will be used to verify several possible interactions, with a focus on anti-lock braking systems.
Linking intelligent tires with a vehicle’s ABS promises to optimize braking performance for a given situation and tire condition, improving steerability of the test vehicle. Previous Goodyear studies indicate that integration of these two components can reduce stopping distance loss by about 30%.
The study will also explore more meaningful integrations to optimize braking distance in light of tire-operating and road-surface conditions. Goodyear and TNO expect to share results from the project in early 2022.
“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 to save every centimeter possible of braking distance,” added Ellen Lastdrager, managing director of TNO’s traffic and transport department. “We feel strongly that we can help reduce accidents and save lives as we better integrate tires and braking systems.”