Self-Driving Trucks Could Be on Highways in 3 to 4 Years

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Heavy-duty trucks that don’t need a driver behind the wheel could be on the road in as little as three years. That’s the assessment of industry experts speaking at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco on Wednesday, where they laid out a tentative road map for how self-driving trucks will begin to integrate with the existing fleet.

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Michelin Files Suit Against Tire Recappers

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Michelin North America has filed a lawsuit against Tire Recappers of Nashville, alleging the company infringed design patents for the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and Michelin LTX M/S2 tires.

The lawsuit alleges that two Tire Recappers tire models — the Cross Grip M/T and the All Position Highway 2 — infringe Michelin’s U.S. Patent Nos. D530,266 and D639,235. Michelin filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville.

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Tire & Rubber Industry Rundown: European Rubber Journal

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Asia BD price drop… Nike sales… Clariant-Huntsman link-up… Michelin buys wine reviewer… Conti acquires… Eversafe Rubber… SKF sued ?… Firestone leak… UK down… Kumho limbo… Thai NR…

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Major automakers post mixed US June sales figures – Autoblog

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General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV posted declines in US new vehicle sales for June on Monday, while major Japanese automakers reported stronger figures. Once again, demand for pickup trucks and crossovers offset a decline in sedan sales. Automakers’ shares rose as overall industry sales still came in above Wall Street expectations. The US auto industry is bracing for a downturn after hitting a record 17.55 million new vehicles sold in 2016.

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Michelin Applauds Saskatchewan Law

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Michelin North America (Canada) is applauding the Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, and the Saskatchewan Trucking Association, who worked collaboratively for the province to become Canada’s fourth to enact regulations that permit the trucking industry to increase hauling and payload capacity.

The total payload increase from 7,700 kg per axle to 8,500 kg allows the industry to adopt wide-base single heavy-truck tires while decreasing fuel consumption and green-house gas emissions.

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Michelin Unveils X Multi D

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New regional drive-position truck tire boasts mileage, scrub resistance and traction benefits.

Michelin Americas Truck Tires, a division of Michelin North America, has introduced the Michelin X Multi D, a regional drive-position tire, for use in less-than-truckload, pick-up and delivery, food and beverage and other demanding vocational segments.

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Michelin introduces X Multi D regional drive-position tire

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Michelin has introduced the MICHELIN X Multi D, a regional drive-position tire, for use in less-than-truckload, pick-up and delivery, food and beverage and other demanding vocational segments. The MICHELIN X Multi D is a versatile tire designed with an advanced regenerating tread that provides water evacuation and traction throughout the life of the tire while full-depth Matrix siping allows for a biting grip as the tread wears.

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New MICHELIN Compromise-Free Regional Drive-Position Truck Tire Offers Mileage, Scrub Resistance and Traction

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GREENVILLE, S.C., June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Michelin Americas Truck Tires, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., has introduced the MICHELIN® X® Multi™ D, a regional drive-position tire, for use in less-than-truckload, pick-up and delivery, food and beverage and other demanding…

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Here We Grow Again! Tire Discounters Announces Further Expansion

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CINCINNATI, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Family-owned and operated Tire Discounters, the nation’s eighth-largest independent tire retailer, is excited to announce a company-wide expansion. In addition to adding several new stores in its existing markets, Tire Discounters has announced…

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Cooper’s Roadmaster brand turns 10

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FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is marking the 10th anniversary of the debut of its Roadmaster truck tire brand, saying this represents a “launch point into our next era of successful product offerings….”

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