US university develops rubber-reinforced bioplastics

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Columbus, Ohio – Researchers at the Ohio State University have combined natural rubber with bioplastics to develop a “tough and flexible” biodegradable material.

The biocompound is “a much stronger replacement for plastic,” said the university in a report published in the journal Polymer in March.

The study involved melting rubber into plant-derived poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) along with organic peroxide and trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA).

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NHTSA Says Electronic Tire Registration Feasible

NHTSA Says Electronic Tire Registration Feasible Posted on Friday, Apr 12th, 2019 Category: nhtsa A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report says requiring tiremakers to electronically identify tires is feasible, but the main technologies to achieve it – Radio Frequency Identification tags or two-dimensional bar-codes – come with plusses and minuses that would need sorting out to achieve a standard format across manufacturers.

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New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in U.S. since last year – Autoblog

Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS Markit. There were 208,000 new registrations for electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the number filed in 2017, IHS said Monday. That growth in EVs was heavily concentrated in California as well as nine other states that have adopted the Zero Emission Vehicle program.

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Bridgestone introduces SmartWay-verified R284 Ecopia steer tire

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has launched a premium, SmartWay-verified steer tire, the Bridgestone R284 Ecopia, as an upgrade over the Ecopia R283A for long-haul and regional trucking applications.

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Bridgestone Joins International Space Exploration Mission with JAXA and Toyota

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.April 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Corporation today announced that it will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. Recently announced by JAXA and Toyota, the goals of this mission are to expand the domain of human activity and develop intellectual property on space exploration. Bridgestone’s mission assignment is to research the performance needs of tires for use on manned, pressurized rovers*1 in order to help these rovers make better contact with the surface of the moon.

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Goodyear branches out to address new mobility trends

AKRON—Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technology officer, must need a large score card to keep up with the activities of his global research and development team.

Working out of four global innovation labs, the Akron-based firm has a broad range of ongoing projects, many focused on the future of transportation and mobility, and others looking to improve the performance of its tires that are used in today’s world. There are numerous partnerships, trends to keep up with and splashes to be made at such iconic venues as the recent Geneva International Motor Show.

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Improving electric vehicle economics | McKinsey

The future looks bright for electric-vehicle (EV) growth. Consumers are more willing than ever to consider buying EVs, and sales are rising fast. Most major markets have consistently registered 50 to 60 percent growth in recent years, albeit from small bases. More new models from a growing cadre of automotive OEMs make finding a suitable EV easier: in 2018 alone OEMs launched about 100 new models and sold two million units in total globally.

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Continental to Showcase ContiLogger Cosultancy Concept at 2019 Bauma

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Continental will be showcasing its latest ContiLogger consultancy concept that incorporates tires, hardware, software and data in an innovative service concept, at this year’s bauma in Munich.

The event is to take place from April 8 to 14 in Munich. The Contilogger consultancy concept allows Continental to effectively link the company’s expertise and its end user even more closely.

ContiLogger service concept

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ETRMA applauds inclusion of commercial vehicles in EU’s TPMS regulations

BRUSSELS—The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association praised the European Parliament committee for endorsing revised European Union tire pressure monitoring systems rules.The regulation updates existing vehicle safety rules to extend TPMS requirements to light and heavy commercial vehicles, trailers and buses.

 

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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.

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