Goodyear to pilot predictive tire servicing solution with EV fleets

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Goodyear Tire is partnering with Borrow, a short-term, fully electric car subscription company in California to test its newest service innovation.

Goodyear is using its unique predictive tire servicing solution for Borrow’s connected fleets to forecast and automatically schedule needed tire maintenance and replacement. Leveraging Goodyear’s expertise in tires, the cloud-based platform predicts and automatically schedules tire servicing via vehicle data and proprietary algorithms.

Read the source article at Traction News

Semi-autonomous and always available: A peek into the near future of car rental

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The here and now is all about “connected cars.” But the question you may ask is, “connected to what?” A connected car is only as valuable or useful as what it’s connected to, and today that’s not much beyond a cell phone, mobile road service, or garage door opener.

Read the source article at Digital Trends

Tire maker Michelin to buy telematics group Masternaut – Reuters

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PARIS (Reuters) – French tire maker Michelin has agreed to buy telematics company Masternaut for an undisclosed amount, in a deal Michelin said would increase its presence in the field of customer services. Masternaut manages over 220,000 mostly light utility vehicles under contract, and Michelin’s takeover of the company was made on the basis of 8 times 2018 EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) before synergies.

Read the source article at reuters.com

Technology: Sumitomo preparing for fully-automated driving

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Maebashi, Japan – Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) has started a joint research project with the aim of developing tire-related services for ‘level 4’ fully-automated vehicles in Japan.

The partnership is with Gunma University Centre of Research on Adoption of NextGen Transportation Systems (CRANTS), which is working on self-driving vehicles in collaboration with the Japanese private sector.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Italmatic introduces new-generation Italsensor TPMS solution

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Tyre repair material and tyre pressure monitoring system specialist Italmatic has launched its latest generation of aftermarket TPMS solution. With the Italsensor 3.0evo, Italmatic aims to “raise the standards in the TPMS aftermarket.” Italsensor 3.0evo is suitable for use with 99 per cent of the European car parc and is programmable through most popular tools, including ATEQ.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

New Toyo division targets ‘digital transformation ‘

Hyogo, Japan – Toyo Tire Corp. has established a new Digital Transformation Division as part of a major restructuring bid which started earlier this year.

Launched 1 April, the new division will work towards “building an end-to-end system that connects us with customers,” said Toyo in a statement.

The move, said Toyo, aims to realise an “agile management style” and accelerate digitalisation and innovation within the company.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Elon Musk: Self-driving taxi fleet to hit U.S. roads next year

At an event to promote his company’s autonomous technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday said that a fleet of self-driving taxis will be on the road as early as next year. The New York Times reported on Musk’s comments following the presentation. Musk said the self-driving “robo taxis” will be ready by the end of 2020 thanks to a new Tesla-made computer. He added the company is close to building cars that can drive themselves on any street and in nearly every situation.

Read the source article at thecarconnection.com

Speaker Spotlight: Tire and Rubber Summit 2019

TRAC’s Tire & Rubber Summit speaker lineup is here. Our 2019 program brings you a list of germane industry topics delivered by high-profile executive speakers from rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators.

Find out all there is to know about rubber material feedstocks, regulatory initiatives and outlook, Canadian economic outlook, and the barrage of new disruptive technologies in automotive, manufacturing and materials’ development sectors.

Speakers’ Spotlight:

Dinner Keynote (June 11)

Paul BarterManagement Consultant, Business Professor, Entrepreneur and Venture Investor 
Paul is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and focusses on the intersection of technology, business, employment and society in our rapidly changing world. Besides his consulting and investing activities, he supports the next generation of entrepreneurs as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the RIC Centre, a Venture Advisor at MaRS Discovery District and an MBA professor and entrepreneurship advisor at the Schulich School of Business.

Sessions (June 12)

Rubber Material Feedstocks – Supply and Demand Outlook

Our experts will present the challenges and trends affecting the supply and demand for tire industry’s core raw material feedstocks such as NR, SBR, CB, processing oils and others. Furthermore, panelists will offer insights into latest feedstocks procurement strategies relevant in today’s market environment

Dennis Corson; Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations, Alan L. Grant Polymer

Robert Rist; Regional Director, Product Management, Reinforcement Materials, Cabot Corporation

Karthika Kizhakke Vellate; Senior Procurement Analyst, Beroe Inc.

Regulatory Initiatives and Outlook

Our panelists will focus on several key regulatory initiatives relevant to rubber and tire manufacturers in Canada, and will include directives concerning Canada’s Chemical Management Plan and Canada’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Trade also remains under scrutiny and customs compliance and programs continue to evolve to match the challenging global trade environment.

Sarah Amick; Vice President, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association

Michael Sherbo; Director of Appeals, Dominion Customs Consultants Inc.

Pierrette LeBlanc; Senior Engineer, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

Canadian Economic Outlook

Despite global trade tensions, the global economy is not expected to stall in 2019, and the U.S. economic growth has been the main cause in propelling global growth over the past year. The Canadian economy is expected to remain solid and will also likely continue to expand. This segment will provide an overview of the key culprits that will shape the Canadian economy in the coming year.

Josh Nye; Senior Economist, Royal Bank of Canada

Driving to the Future – Part I.

New technologies have one thing in common: the surprising ways they can alter how companies reach their business goals. How will connected vehicles, advanced networks and other technologies impact the tire industry? This segment will present several technologies that are affecting the industry as we speak.

Khaled Boqaileh; Co-Founder & CEO, LabsCubed

Don Heelis, P.Eng.; Sales Manager, Cimcorp Automation Ltd.

Ross McKenzie; Managing Director, Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research

Driving to the Future – Part II.

Technology is changing industries in unprecedented ways, dramatically altering the way they understand and advance product development, manufacturing processes, and other business aspects. This segment will be a discussion of several new technologies and ideas that are informing automotive and tire industries today.

Mike Nehls; General Manager, Tire & Wheel Testing, Smithers RAPRA

Jay Spears; Director of Standards and Regulations, Continental Tire, The Americas

Eric Chaniot; Chief Digital Officer, The Michelin Group

 

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Americans still don’t trust self-driving cars, Reuters/Ipsos poll finds | Reuters

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(Reuters) – Half of U.S. adults think automated vehicles are more dangerous than traditional vehicles operated by people, while nearly two-thirds said they would not buy a fully autonomous vehicle, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. In the same poll, about 63 percent of those who responded said they would not pay more to have a self-driving feature on their vehicle, and 41 percent of the rest said they would not pay more than $2,000.

Read the source article at reuters.com

High-tech cars, partnerships driving BlackBerry’s rebirth, exec says

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BlackBerry’s growing footprint in the automotive sector is key to the company’s turnaround efforts as it transitions away from smartphones and seeks more joint ventures with automakers and parts suppliers. 

“Are we making partnerships with other companies? Absolutely,” said Kaivan Karimi, head of sales and marketing at BlackBerry Technology Solutions. 

The strategy could be paying off. In the quarter that ended Nov. 30, the Waterloo, Ont., company reported net income of C$59 million ($44 million U.S.) on revenue of C$226 million. That’s up from a net loss of C$275 million a year earlier. The company’s next quarterly report comes this month.

Read the source article at Front Page