Goodyear and SafeAI Announce Tyre Intelligence for Autonomous Heavy Equipment

Autonomous heavy equipment vehicles

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and SafeAI, a pioneer in autonomous heavy equipment, announced a strategic relationship to incorporate tyre intelligence into the programming of autonomous heavy equipment vehicles. 

SafeAI and Goodyear’s Strategic Partnership 

Through an integration with the SafeAI autonomous ecosystem, the companies will exchange site data to protect tyre health, eliminate downtime and contribute to a smarter, safer standard for the construction industry. Tyre intelligence from Goodyear’s TPMS Heavy Duty rim-mounted sensors will be deployed at an active construction site in Cupertino, California 

With this collaboration, Goodyear will outfit a Caterpillar 725, retrofitted with SafeAI’s autonomous software, to capture pressure and temperature data and monitor overall tyre health. These sensors can identify and communicate adverse conditions before they cause maintenance issues and derail a project. 

Traditional construction and mining sites are rife with inefficiencies, fueled in large part by costly unplanned downtime rates as high as 20-30%, resulting in missed timelines and increased budget – and COVID-19 is exacerbating these challenges. Tyre intelligence can help mitigate these challenges by identifying early or potential problems, such as underinflation, before they cause unexpected delays – bolstering efficiency, safety and return on investment.  

“No matter the vehicle – automobile, freight truck or dump truck – tyre intelligence can help elevate safety, performance and efficiency,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Through our work with SafeAI, we will not only empower site operators with greater visibility and efficiency, but also gain invaluable performance data to inform our future innovation in autonomy and heavy equipment.”  

Goodyear has been at the forefront of tyre innovation for more than one hundred years. Today, we’re proud to join forces to take on a new frontier: tyre intelligence for autonomous heavy equipment,” said Bibrajit Halder, founder & CEO at SafeAI. “At SafeAI, we strongly believe in a collaborative approach to deploying autonomy in construction and mining, at scale. We have purpose-built an interoperable autonomous technology that enables us to work with industry leaders like Goodyear and set the standard for autonomous heavy equipment. 

About the author

Charlotte Nahon is the Communications and Digital Executive for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2018, Charlotte has been in the Digital and Communications sector, working in Canada as well as Spain. Her degree is in Communication Studies from the University of Ottawa, and ever since graduating she has been writing for multiple sectors including automotive, energy, education, pharmaceuticals and more. 

Email: charlotte.nahon@retreadingbusiness.com

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