What is claimed to be the first tire intelligence solution for cargo van fleets has been announced by Goodyear. According to the company, it works by using sensors and a cloud-based algorithm to provide fleet operators with real-time tire data.
The predictive maintenance nature of the technology will, states Goodyear, aid fleet managers in predicting vehicle breakdowns to minimize downtime and better monitor tire pressure to extend tire life, increase safety and lessen the cost of unforeseen maintenance.
“Much like smart watches that monitor vitals like heart rates and oxygen levels, Goodyear SightLine’s tire intelligence monitors the health of a tire,” said Goodyear’s CTO and senior vice president of global operations, Chris Helsel. “Goodyear SightLine takes the mystery out of understanding tires and provides proactive mobility insights to communicate when tires need service or replacement.”
Goodyear says it has conducted billions of test miles on systems such as SightLine, and through pilot programs and the latest system launch the tire manufacturer hopes to establish the groundwork for a future of connected tires.
The company predicts that, in the future, the SightLine technology will provide feedback on road as well as tire conditions. Goodyear says that following the initial testing of the SightLine technology, a vehicle’s stopping distance could be reduced by 30%.
The SightLine system will become available to Goodyear’s original equipment customers and emerging fleet and mobility providers toward the end of 2021.