Goodyear Tire has teamed with Arizona-based Local Motors to work on autonomous or driverless vehicles, which includes being named the exclusive tire supplier for a leading autonomous passenger shuttle.
Goodyear will conduct tire testing with an Olli, the brand name of an eight-passenger autonomous shuttle from Local Motors.
“Our work on autonomous vehicle projects, such as the Olli, is another mile marker on our journey to future mobility solutions. We learn through pilot programs with leading startups, transferring advanced vehicle and ride-sharing data into truly usable and connected information to improve operating performance and benefit customers,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer.
Adding the vehicle to its testing fleet allows Goodyear to use it for advanced mobility evaluation at various locations, including the University of Michigan’s Mcity Test Facility, the public-private research and development site with about 16 acres of roads and traffic infrastructure.
The test work with autonomous vehicles allows Goodyear to study the operation and maintenance areas that need to be addressed when there is no driver at the controls. This includes future tire technology options for such vehicles.