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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Just Three Companies at Top of Navigant’s Autonomous-Vehicle Ranking

A year-ago, the research firm listed eight companies or consortiums as top-tier leaders in automated driving, but now says GM Cruise, Waymo and Ford Autonomous have moved ahead.

Read the source article at WardsAuto

Canadian Government Announces New Investments In Advanced Vehicle Technologies – Canadian Auto World

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The Government of Canada announced it is making significant investments to establish Canada as a global leader in cybersecurity and automotive software for connected and autonomous vehicles. To meet that goal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $40 million in BlackBerry QNX, a business unit of BlackBerry Limited, to develop safe and secure software systems for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Read the source article at Canadian Auto World

Goodyear advances autonomous vehicle tire research

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Goodyear is working with Arizona-based Local Motors to conduct tire testing on its eight-passenger autonomous shuttle, the Olli. All of Local Motors’ Olli vehicles will be equipped with Goodyear tires.

The partnership will enable Goodyear to evaluate advanced tire technologies at various locations, including at the University of Michigan’s Mcity test facility. In particular, engineers will study operation and maintenance considerations.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

The thinking behind Bridgestone’s TomTom Telematics acquisition

Bridgestone’s successful acquisition of TomTom Telematics follows earlier reports that both Michelin and Bridgestone were vying to buy the Telematics business unit from Netherlands-based company TomTom . In addition, according to Dutch financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad, Michelin was one of four in the running. For its part, Michelin was allegedly aiming to add the business into its Michelin Solutions portfolio.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Continental to present ContiConnect evolution at IAA

A further development of Continental’s ContiConnect digital tyre monitoring platform will be showcased at the upcoming IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany. The evolution that Continental will show is said to be a “new solution that can be integrated into existing systems,” specifically a solution that will give these systems a digital tyre monitoring capability. Continental says it will announce further details at a press conference on 19 September.

Read the source article at Tyrepress