Imagine stopping nearly six feet sooner during an emergency. That’s the potential of a groundbreaking collaboration between tire giant Goodyear and Dutch research organization TNO. By integrating Goodyear’s intelligent tire technology, SightLine, into a car’s anti-lock brake system (ABS), the duo is paving the way for safer roads and fewer accidents.
The ABS, a crucial safety feature, helps drivers maintain control while braking. But what if it could do even more? Goodyear and TNO’s research shows that feeding the ABS real-time data about tire wear, type, and other characteristics can significantly improve its performance. In their test vehicle, this integration led to a staggering 5.75-foot reduction in stopping distance – a potential lifesaver in critical situations.
This innovation holds immense promise for road safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end crashes alone accounted for nearly a third of all accidents in the U.S. in 2021. Even a small reduction in stopping distance could prevent countless collisions and save lives.
“Our collaboration with TNO has yielded invaluable insights,” said Werner Happenhofer, Goodyear’s VP of Tire Intelligence and eMobility solutions. “By harnessing the power of tire intelligence, we can contribute to the bold goal of future mobility to reduce accidents.”
This isn’t just about safety, though. Improved braking efficiency translates to lower fuel consumption and emissions, aligning with the push towards sustainable transportation.
Goodyear SightLine plays a key role in this technological leap. This suite of sensors and algorithms continuously monitors tire and road conditions, providing valuable data to the ABS system. It’s like giving the brakes a sixth sense, allowing them to adapt to any situation for optimal performance.
The collaboration between Goodyear and TNO is a testament to the power of innovation in driving safer, greener roads. It’s a glimpse into a future where our tires talk to our cars, working together to create a smoother, safer ride for everyone.