Goodyear tests smart tire sensors and prototype tires on SARTA fuel cell buses
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Ohio are working together to test smart tire sensors and prototype tires on the fleet of diesel and hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) buses. the SARTA.
Smart Tires leverage Goodyear’s on-board TPMS Plus sensors to send real-time tire condition data to the Goodyear SightLine mobility cloud. Using customizable algorithms, data is quickly analyzed to provide actionable insight into tire performance and potential vehicle issues so operators can seek proactive maintenance.
Testing will help Goodyear assess the performance of Goodyear SightLine-powered TPMS Plus on HFC buses in daily transit service, while helping SARTA reduce operating costs, reduce fleet downtime and increase environmental benefits.
In addition, Goodyear is testing a prototype tire on SARTA’s diesel and HFC buses to measure tread wear, rolling resistance and tire life. Data from these tests will help inform future Goodyear tire designs for electric vehicles.
Both tests take place on 10 SARTA vehicles in daily commercial service, including five diesel buses and five HFC buses. Preliminary tests are already showing the potential of TPMS Plus powered by Goodyear SightLine to help reduce roadside bus breakdowns and improve fuel efficiency.