Goodyear and SafeAI Partner to Incorporate Tire Intelligence into Autonomous Equipment
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Downtime can be a major blow to a construction project, preventing builders from getting back to work and delivering the final product on schedule. But The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and autonomous heavy equipment firm SafeAI are doing their part to ensure that happens less on jobsites.
This week, the companies announced their strategic partnership to incorporate tire intelligence into the programming of autonomous heavy equipment vehicles. According to Goodyear, the companies will exchange site data through an integration with the SafeAI autonomous ecosystem, allowing builders to protect tire health, eliminate downtime and contribute to a smarter, safer standard in construction. An active construction site in Cupertino, Calif., will deploy the tire intelligence from Goodyear’s TPMS Heavy Duty rim-mounted sensors.
“We will not only empower site operators with greater visibility and efficiency, but also gain invaluable machine performance data to inform our future innovation in autonomy and heavy equipment.”
Additionally, Goodyear will equip a Caterpillar 725 — featuring SafeAI’s autonomous software — to capture pressure and temperature data, as well as monitor the overall tire health. “No matter the vehicle — automobile, freight truck or dump truck — tire intelligence can help elevate safety, performance and efficiency,” Goodyear Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Chris Helsel said. “Through our work with SafeAI, we will not only empower site operators with greater visibility and efficiency, but also gain invaluable machine performance data to inform our future innovation in autonomy and heavy equipment.”
SafeAI CEO and Founder Bibrajit Halder added that Goodyear has been at the forefront of tire innovation for more than a century. “Today, we’re proud to join forces to take on a new frontier: tire intelligence for autonomous heavy equipment,” Halder said. “At SafeAI, we strongly believe in a collaborative approach to deploying autonomy in construction and mining at scale. We have purpose-built an interoperable autonomous technology that enables us to work with industry leaders like Goodyear and set the standard for autonomous heavy equipment.”