Self-inflating technology to be initially offered for commercial application
The commercial application of Goodyear's Air Maintenance Technology will make its debut at the 2012 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany.
Over the past year, researchers at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company have been working on a new Air Maintenance Technology application that can aid in saving fuel and lessen CO2 emissions while potentially improving performance and eliminating need for external inflation pressure for tires.
Tire-related costs are considered as the single largest maintenance item for commercial vehicle fleet operators. Goodyear's Air Maintenance Technology mechanism allows tires to maintain constant, optimum pressure without the use of external pumps, electronics and driver intervention and can result to improved fuel economy, prolonged tread life and optimized tire performance.
"The progress we continue to make with this technology is very encouraging. We look forward to further testing of this concept." stated Goodyear's Chief Technical Officer, Jean-Claude Kihn.
A $1.5 million grant from The United States Department of Energy's Office (DOE) of Vehicle Technology is helping speed up research, development and demonstration of the AMT system for commercial vehicle tires. A grant from the Luxembourg government for research and development will continue to help fund Goodyear's efforts in researching and developing the AMT system for consumer tires.