Goodyear to Advance Future Mobility with Launch of New Venture Capital Fund

LAS VEGASJan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) announced a new venture capital fund, Goodyear Ventures, with $100 million targeted for new investments in future mobility solutions over the next 10 years. 

Goodyear Ventures will continue and expand Goodyear’s growing relationships in new mobility, with a focus on partnering and investing in startups with a shared vision of sustainable, safe and new mobility experiences that make life’s connections easier every day. 

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Sumitomo Rubber Europe opens winter test track in Sweden

Sumitomo Rubber Europe (SREU) has established a new winter test track in Arnemark, Sweden where the company will evaluate its Falken-branded winter products.

The facility, which opened on December 16, 2019, comprises two groomed snow areas, each approximately 15,000m2 , two 1,600m snow handling courses and a 600m ice handling track.

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New Bridgestone sensor technology gathering data at low speed

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Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. has unveiled a new technology capable of estimating a wheel axle load and tire wear condition using newly developed sensors.

Attached inside tires, the Smart Strain Sensors measure the change in strain that occurs when a tire makes contact with the road while in motion, explained Bridgestone 18 Dec.

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Hankook technology uses artificial intelligence to build a better tire

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SEOUL, South Korea — Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd. unveiled its new Virtual Compound Design system, designed to help predict the characteristics of a tire compound through artificial intelligence analysis, eliminating the need for actual testing.

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New data collection method may give tire makers an ‘edge’

LONDON—Tire makers should look to a new scalable approach to data analysis to overcome current barriers to the creation of a fully information-enabled production environment at their plants.

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Why the tread pattern is one of the most difficult tire elements to model virtually

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In previous columns I’ve discussed some of the challenges that come with modeling the behavior of tires. Expanding on that, one of the single most challenging areas to model is the tread pattern. It’s also one of the most critical areas, as it affects the tire’s handling ability – the single most important performance aspect to get right.

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Cooper appoints Ben Patel as CTO

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has named Ben Patel as senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO). In his new role, Patel is responsible for product planning and development, as well as engineering and technology across all regions. This means he leads a technology organization that includes a global technical centre as well as technical centres in Asia, Europe and North America.

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Gallery: Nexen Tire Tech Center Grand Opening

Nexen Tire America celebrated the grand opening of its Tech Center in Richfield, Ohio, on Wednesday, capping off a banner year for the South Korean tiremaker.

The company opened its Nexen University R&D center in Seoul in April, its manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic in August, cut the ribbon on another tech center in Germany in September, and finally commemorated the opening of its state-of-the-art North American Tech Center on Wednesday.

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Tire makers look to create airless tires for autonomous and electric vehicles. | Autoblog

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TOKYO — Makers of airless tires such as Japan’s Bridgestone Corp. hope driverless cars will herald a breakthrough for their niche technology, which is more than a decade old but underperforms standard tires in every way except resistance to puncture. Autonomous driving — and the eventual introduction of self-driving taxis — could mean greater demand for puncture-resistant tires as greater usage of vehicles exposes them to more flat tires.

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LabsCubed robot helps with multi-sample testing

CLEVELAND—Kitchener, Ontario-based LabsCubed Inc. exhibited at the International Elastomer Conference in Cleveland Oct. 8-10, showcasing its CubeOne limited-production tensile strength testing robot.

The CubeOne allows operators to test up to 12 samples at a time, according to LabsCubed publicity. A robot automatically loads and unloads samples, and smart grips ensure accurate and consistent tests, the company said.

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