Toyoda Gosei invests in IoT specialist to advance e-Rubber


Kiyosu, Japan – Toyoda Gosei has invested in data and cloud computing business Uhuru Corp as it aims to further develop its e-Rubber technology.

Based in Minato-Ku Japan, Uhuru provides software systems and “has a solid track record” in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, said Toyoda Gosei 8 April.

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Consumer Confidence in Future Auto Technology Decreases


Consumer confidence in future mobility technologies lags behind auto industry plans to bring self-driving vehicles and more battery-electric vehicles to market.

That’s according to the J.D. Power 2020 Q1 Mobility Confidence Index Study.

The self-driving-vehicle index decreases for the first time (to 35 from 36 on a 100-point scale) for American consumers. It goes to 36 from 39 for Canadians.

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Goodyear partners with Lexus to shape future of electric mobility

Goodyear partners with Lexus to shape the future of electric mobility with the launch of the Lexus LF-30 electric vehicle at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

It was presented again on Tuesday, March 3rd at Lexus’ live press conference during the Virtual Press Day of the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show.

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Tire market to experience significant change with move toward autonomous vehicles


A new report from Smithers, The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles in Tires to 2029, calls for the automotive industry to shift from selling and servicing vehicles to a mobility industry that offers transportation solutions for people and goods. Electrification, autonomous vehicle technology and shared mobility are key to this shift as is the evolution of tire development.

There are significant hurdles to be overcome before full AVs can be widely adopted. These vehicles will make up a relatively small part of new vehicle sales, and an even smaller part of the global vehicle parc by 2029. Small shuttles, delivery vans and truck platooning are possible exceptions. In relation, the number of tires supplied for AV vehicles by 2029 will be small and predominately OE. These units are forecast to reach around 389 million (AV PC /LT/LCV + T&B) at a value of over $47 billion by 2029, reaching about 15% of the predicted PC/LT/LCV + T&B tire market volume in 2029.

AVs and tires types

Debate exits over whether AVs will advance the use of extended mobility tires and if so, which option – run-flat or selfsealing – will be used. Smithers conducted a survey that revealed mixed expectations from industry respondents. A significant number believe that more careful tire use by AVs will reduce failure and decrease the need for extended mobility solutions. While not essential for AVs, non-pneumatic tires are puncture proof and offer extended mobility and less maintenance. They may benefit AVs used in urban environments, especially autonomous taxi fleets.

A collaboration between GM and Michelin is planning to begin commercial sales of an electric car with an airless tire (Uptis which is a development of Michelin’s Tweel) by 2024 and with a fully autonomous version to follow. If successful, these moves will eventually have a major impact on tire technology, including materials, construction methods and equipment and after-sales service.

Regional trends in AV uptake

The penetration of EV and AV technologies will vary significantly between regions as political considerations play a strong role in introducing the necessary legislation. The relatively light regulatory environment in some states and the entrepreneurial culture in the US is expected to help. AV uptake in Europe may be hindered by the region’s strong regulatory nature. Customer acceptance varies greatly by geographical location and age: Markets such as China and India where car ownership is growing show more enthusiasm about using self-driving cars. Similarly, Millennials are more likely to embrace new technologies, including connected cars to fully autonomous vehicles.

The Smithers survey found that uptake of level 4–5 AV for PC/LT/LCV was expected to be North America>Europe>Asia Pacific. For trucks and buses, the order was predicted as Europe>North America>Asia Pacific. The higher rating for Europe T&B was due to the region’s interest in platooning. While all propulsion systems can be used, most AVs are expected to be electric. Not only do EVs provide significant synergies to AV, environmental concerns are leading to their adoption irrespective of AVs.

Tire sales for AVs to 2029

Because of the relatively small vehicle numbers, tires sales for AVs are expected to be a small part of the overall tire market by 2029 with OE sales dominating over replacement sales. Vehicle sectors in this report are differentiated into passenger car/LT/LCVs and T&B. Smithers was unable to quantify the passenger car and LT/LCV separately, but believe that LT/LCVs will be a relatively small part of the total. These are further differentiated into OE and replacement markets. The difference between OE and replacement markets is most pronounced in the PC/LT/LCVs tire sectors. See Figures E1 and E2.



Most survey respondents think the overall AV market (PC/LT/LCV + T&B level 2–5) will have most impact on AV tire materials/components and AV tire retail and AV tire marketing over the next 10 years. They rated the impact on these sectors as very high or high. AV tire materials/components is seen as the tire market sector that experiences the most innovation and change and generally moves forward faster than the other tire market sectors. 

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Tire Technology Expo 2020: Official show report


The 20th edition of Tire Technology Expo and Conference, which was staged at the Deutsche Messe, Hannover, Germany, February 25-27, 2020, once again welcomed visitors from across the global tire design, development and manufacturing communities, with more than 300 exhibitors presenting their latest innovations and solutions at the free-to-attend exhibition, while delegates at the neighbouring conference discussed the topics and themes set to shape the future of the tire industry.

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Goodyear unveils upgraded EV tire, non-pneumatic concept


Brussels — Goodyear is launching later this year the second generation of its EfficientGrip Performance electric-vehicle tire line, promising the new version will deliver 50% longer life than the first generation, which launched in 2018.

Goodyear was planning to promote the launch this week at the Geneva International Motor Show, but that event was cancelled after the Swiss government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people as a measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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Goodyear Connected Tires Can Reduce Lost Stopping Distance


AKRON, Ohio , Feb. 24, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT ) recently eclipsed 3 million miles of data from road tests and field trials with customers derived from its connected tires. Connected tires – those with embedded sensors – are able to “talk” to the vehicle and the road and measure characteristics of the tire, leading to potential enhanced vehicle performance and safety.

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Double whammy for Michelin at Tire Tech awards


Hanover, Germany – Michelin has won two titles of ‘tire manufacturer of the year’ and ‘tire technology of the year’ at the Tire Technology International Awards 2020 in Hanover.

The company won the award for tire manufacturer of the year for the second year in a row, recognising its “commitment to produce efficient, innovative and sustainable products.”

In addition, the judging panel honoured Michelin’s airless concept tire Uptis as the tire technology of the year.

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Airless tires – Tire Technology Expo interview with Cyrille Roget, Michelin Group

Cyrille Roget, technical and scientific communication director, Michelin Group, asks if it’s time to take the air out of tires, ahead of his presentation on the company’s new UPTIS puncture-proof airless prototype at next week’s Tire Technology Expo Conference.

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Goodyear to Present at Wolfe Research Investor Conference


AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) today said it will webcast its presentation at the 2020 Wolfe Research Global Auto, Auto Tech and Mobility Conference in New York on Feb. 26, 2020. Darren R. Wells, executive vice president and…

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