Goodyear will begin testing its Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) for commercial vehicles on U.S. trucking fleets in the next few months. This is part of a research project supported by United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Vehicle Technology. The development of this technology shows Goodyear’s commitment to look at ways to address key challenges for fleets such as fuel efficiency.
This challenge was recently discussed in the “Mobility of the Future” Transport Symposium held by Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa in Brussels where the company launched its new White Paper “Mobility of the Future: Smart Fleets and the Future of the Transport Industry”. One of the key findings from the research that supported the report was that fuel costs are the #1 concern for European vehicle fleets. Maintaining correct tyre pressures is an essential element in improving fuel efficiency, reducing emissions and a key recommendation of the White Paper. AMT by maintaining correct tyre pressures achieves the main goal underlined by that recommendation.
Since 2011, Goodyear has been developing and testing its Air Maintenance Technology, which can aid fuel savings and carbon dioxide reductions while potentially improving tyre life, casing durability and safety – eliminating the need for manually inflating tyres. During the next phase of testing, multiple U.S. and Canada-based trucking fleets will test AMT over the next 18 months in their normal daily operations.
“Goodyear is known for driving innovations and with the recently announced field testing of AMT with fleets in North America, for us the mobility of the future already begins today. With AMT we will be able to offer our customers truck tyres that maintain the correct pressure, thus helping them to improve fuel efficiency and the mileage of their tyres in the future,” said Michel Rzonzef, Vice President Commercial Business Unit Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa.
AMT enables tyres to remain inflated at a specified cold inflation pressure without the need for any external pumps or electronics. The system utilises peristaltic pump technology to automatically maintain tyre pressure at fleets’ desired levels. All components of the AMT system, including the pump, are fully contained within the tyre.
The DOE’s Office of Vehicle Technology has provided a $1.5 million (€1.17 million) grant to assist in the Akron-based research, development and demonstration of the AMT system for commercial vehicle tyres.