Goodyear Testing Airless Tire On Autonomous Vehicles In Florida

Published On 15-Jul-2021By TyreDekho Team

According to Goodyear, airless tires may offer sustainable, maintenance-free and longer-lasting options

In an industry first, Goodyear has announced that it has developed a non-pneumatic (airless) tire (NPT) and wheel assembly to support autonomous vehicle transportation in a city setting for in-field use with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), Florida.

For the past three years, Goodyear and Local Motors have tested an Olli shuttle supported by the NPT at Goodyear testing facilities and other locations reaching several performance targets with respect to load, speed and durability, said the tyremaker in a release.

In 2019, Goodyear pivoted its NPT concentration to on-road testing and a growing relationship with Local Motors. While this testing phase will reveal more about non-pneumatic tires, airless tires may offer sustainable, maintenance-free and longer-lasting options, the company added.

The urban transportation environment provides an ideal testing scenario for the alternative tire architecture given its lower speed and less variable travel paths.

Goodyear and Local Motors will gather experiential data from the JTA, looking for viewpoints on ride comfort, noise and other variables.

“As mobility evolves, we feel that tires can transform the way we move and alternative airless architectures are ideal, particularly in the emerging autonomous transportation environment,” said Michael Rachita, Goodyear’s senior program manager, non-pneumatic tires. “This is an important milestone as we look to advance mobility today and as we look to introduce the first completely sustainable and maintenance-free tires by the end of the decade.”

“The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is proud to integrate this innovative and sustainable technology into our Autonomous Vehicle Test & Learn program as we develop the future of mobility through the Ultimate Urban Circulator,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “This collaboration is another example of how Jacksonville is leading the public transportation industry in developing AV mobility solutions.”

Also Read: New Lotus Emira To Come Shod With Specially Developed Goodyear Tyres

Also Read: Goodyear launches DrivePoint-Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

“Testing with best-in-class software and technology partners is enabling the JTA to lead globally in readiness for the use of autonomous platform in an urban environment. We are excited for the opportunity to extend the Test & Learn program with the JTA, Goodyear and Local Motors to prove out the use of other innovations such as the Goodyear airless tires, as this will only further transform transportation as we know it,” said Joe Moye, Beep CEO.

"Autonomous vehicles, like Olli, need to decrease maintenance costs and perform reliably," said Local Motors President Vikrant Aggarwal. "Goodyear's non-pneumatic tires are positioned to give maintenance teams less to worry about while giving passengers a quiet, consistent ride. Non-pneumatic tires may just be the industry standard in the coming years."

Looking for new tyres? Find dealers near you

You Might Also Be Interested In

Top Rated Goodyear Tyres

Latest Tyres

  • Car
  • Bike
  • Truck
  • SPORTRAD
    SPORTRAD
    110/70Z R17 54W
    Rs5,999
    • iconBike Tyre
    • icon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Zapper C1
    Zapper C1
    90/100 R10
    Rs1,345
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Centauro NS
    Centauro NS
    190/55 R17
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Smart Blaze RYDR BR43
    Smart Blaze RYDR BR43
    140/70-17
    Rs4,200
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Conta 725
    Conta 725
    90/90 R12
    Rs1,490
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • icon5
    M6303
    M6303
    90/90 R12 54J
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • BT SPORTMAXX
    BT SPORTMAXX
    140/70 R17
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Feelfree
    Feelfree
    120/70 R15 56H M/C
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers

Best Tyres

  • Car
  • Bike
  • Truck
  • SecuraDrive
    SecuraDrive
    205/60 R16
    Rs6,870
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Fuel Smarrt
    Fuel Smarrt
    165/80 R14 85T
    Rs3,720
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel efficient
    • iconDry Grip
    View April Offers
  • Sturdo
    Sturdo
    205/55 R16
    Rs10,814
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Milaze
    Milaze
    145 R12
    Rs1,976
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • ZVTV
    ZVTV
    185/65 R15 88T
    Rs4,299
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconWet Grip
    • iconDry Grip
    View April Offers
  • ZLX
    ZLX
    165/80 R14 85T
    Rs4,683
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconWet Grip
    • iconDry Grip
    View April Offers
  • icon5
    Energy XM2
    Energy XM2
    165/70 R14 81T
    Rs3,880
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconHandling
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • icon5
    Earth-1E400
    Earth-1E400
    185/65 R15 88H
    Rs6,563
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel efficient
    • iconHandling
    View April Offers
×
Which is your city ?