Goodyear has purchased two VI-grade driving simulators, including one dynamic model, which is said to be a first for a tire manufacturer.
It selected a Compact simulator, which was recently delivered to the company’s innovation center in Luxembourg, and a Dynamic DiM250 (Driver-in-Motion) driving simulator, which will be installed at Goodyear’s facility in Akron, Ohio in the coming months.
“This level of simulation sophistication will allow Goodyear to drive breakthroughs in future tire creation, leading to an enhanced customer and driver experience,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer. “I’m proud to say that Goodyear is leading the industry with VI-grade and our simulation solutions, and we look forward to sharing that benefit with our customers.”
According to the tire maker, it will be able to work more collaboratively with vehicle manufacturers on original equipment fitments using the simulators.
Guido Bairati, VP global sales and marketing, VI-grade, added, “We are delighted to report on the adoption of our driving simulators at Goodyear. Goodyear’s vision to purchase and work with us on a dedicated training program to ensure efficiency in operation of these simulators will give it a distinct competitive advantage.”