Expansion aims to automate Continental’s hose manufacturing plant in Quebec

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GRANBY, Quebec—Continental’s ContiTech division has completed a project at its hose factory in Granby that makes production there largely automated.

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Automotive Innovations Magazine – July/August 2019

The topics covered in the third issue of our Automotive Innovations Magazine (AIM) reveal the extremely rapid evolution of EVs, an emerging market that has become, in just a few years, a real industry.

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Bridgestone highlighting mobility solutions at IAA

In addition to its latest line-up of Bridgestone and Firestone tyres, Bridgestone intends to display its latest tech solutions at the 68th annual International Motor Show (IAA). The company states that the following solutions will be showcased at the Frankfurt fair in September:

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Goodyear studying larger tires NASCAR Cup Series

Bristol, Tennessee – Goodyear Tire & Rubber, in partnership with NASCAR, is planning to change the design of the race tires it supplies to the NASCAR Cup Series to a larger rim diameter, perhaps 18 inches versus the current 15-inch formula, by 2021.

The change would coincide with the introduction of NASCAR’s “Generation-7” vehicle design, scheduled to debut in the 2021 season.

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Michelin’s NexTraq unit launches digital safe-driving tool

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ATLANTA — NexTraq L.L.C., a Group Michelin company focused on telematics solutions, has developed a digital tool that disables drivers’ smartphones and tablet screens while their vehicle is in motion.

The new tool — dubbed “MobileBlock” — was developed in partnership with SafeDrivePod International B.V., Michelin said, and is designed to help managers enforce company policies restricting unauthorized use of company-issued tablets and smartphones, thus limiting distractions.

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Tireweb, OpenBay launch AI-powered service adviser on website

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Software developer Tireweb Marketing Pty. Ltd. is partnering with Openbay Inc. to incorporate Openbay’s recently launched AI-powered virtual service adviser into its website solutions to provide a more personalized online experience.

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U.S. military working to make its self-driving technology smarter

Keeping soldiers safe continues to be the main reason the military enlists unmanned vehicles into its ranks, especially for resupply missions.

The U.S. Army has been tinkering with ground robotics and automated technologies for decades, yet there are still no real systems in the military field that are fully autonomous.

Nevertheless, the Army wants to finish what it started, so it plans to accelerate its use of autonomous defense technologies.

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Sumitomo technology generates power from tires

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Tokyo – Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), in collaboration with Professor Hiroshi Tani of Kansai University, has developed a new technology to generate electric power from the rotation of a tire.

The process involves installing a power generating device (energy harvester) inside a tire to convert static electricity occurring within a tire into clean energy, said the Japanese tire & rubber company in a 23 July statement.

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Toyo presents intelligent tire design platform T-Mode

Toyo Tire has advanced its conventional tire design base technology, which blends computer aided engineering and artificial intelligence, into a new development process badged T-Mode.

It uses a combination of two simulation technologies employing supercomputers – tire simulation, which reproduces tire motion for performance prediction and structural analysis, and driving simulation, which involves modeling of the vehicle, and takes into account passenger numbers, loads, driving patterns and more, to assess the impact of vehicle motion on tires.

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Enviro updates tire recycling plant plans in light of new business strategy

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For over a year, Scandinavian Enviro Systems has been negotiating with Danish company WindSpace, EE-TDF Cleveland in the US, and Canadian company Treadcraft concerning the construction of numerous tire recycling plants, which will be outfitted with Enviro’s tire recycling technology.

The previously communicated deadline for when the agreement was to be completed has now passed, but according to the company this will not affect the outcome of the negotiations or the possibility of opening these plants.

In May last year Enviro signed an MoU with WindSpace detailing plans for the construction of a joint venture pyrolysis plant in Denmark within 18 months.

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