Goodyear has unveiled what it says is the first tyre intelligence solution for cargo van fleets - Goodyear SightLine.
The product aims to enhance safety and cost-efficient reliablity for all vehicles, starting with cargo vans serving the field service, construction and last-mile delivery industries.
Later this year, Goodyear SightLine will also be available to the company's original equipment customers and emerging fleet and mobility providers.
Initially available in North America and Europe, it uses sensors with cloud-based algorithms to communicate with fleet operators in real-time. Its proprietary predictive maintenance technologies can help predict breakdowns, minimizing downtime and monitoring tyre pressure and wear.
"Much like smart watches that monitor vitals like heart rates and oxygen levels, Goodyear SightLine’s tyre intelligence monitors the health of a tyre,” said Chris Helsel, chief technology officer and senior vice president, global operations.
“It takes the mystery out of understanding tyres and provides proactive mobility insights to communicate when tyres need service or replacement.”
Goodyear added that it has accumulated billions of test miles on tyre solutions powered by Goodyear SightLine through pilot programs and with its launch establishes the groundwork for a connected-tyre future. The company aims to have tyre intelligence in all new products by 2027.
In the future, the technology will not only provide feedback on the tyre, but on road conditions, enabling connected, autonomous mobility. Initial testing has shown integrating Goodyear SightLine technology into a vehicle’s control’s system can reduce stopping distance loss by 30%.