Following its acquisition by the RAC, Nebula Systems is preparing to launch commercially its MECH5 diagnostics platform for independent garages. The platform will initially offer the functionality of Superscan 3 on a pay-as-you-go basis. With the help of the RAC investment, Nebula says it will use the flexibility of scalable cloud-based IT infrastructure to develop MECH5 rapidly.
Pirelli recently received the Safety in the Community accolade at the annual TyreSafe Awards ceremony at the Belfry Hotel and Resort. Last year Pirelli ran a number of activities along these lines including specific events during TyreSafe’s October Tyre Safety Month. The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness within the local community about the required tread depth of tyres.
NIRA Dynamics, a firm known best in the tyre industry for its indirect TPMS systems, has announced plans to expands its cloud solution in order to “create new possibilities for tomorrow's autonomous cars”. For an autonomous car to know what distance it must keep to the car in front of it, it needs information about the current road conditions. If the vehicle is also aware of the road surface quality, risks are reduced even further. That’s where NIRA Dynamics and the firm’s Road Surface Information software come in. This software combined with NIRA’s Cloud cloud-based solution are said to enable just that. And now, in cooperation with Infocar, the company is taking the next step in the rollout of the solution.
Pirelli has announced the compound selection it will supply to the final two grands prix of the 2016 season in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. The exclusive tyre supplier has announced nominations for “long-haul events” – those outside Europe, and therefore further from its distribution hub –14 weeks in advance, in accordance with the latest set of F1 tyre regulations. All five of Pirelli’s slick compounds will be available to teams at the final two events, with Interlagos seeing the harder end of the scale, and Yas Marina the softer.
Plans by the Environment Agency (EA) to introduce new norms for the storage and processing of end of life tyres (ELTs) will force many operators out of business by the end of this year, according to the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA). And what’s more this outcome is likely to drive tyre recycling underground too.
Bridgestone Europe has released an all-new Bandag tread for winter use. The Bandag BDR-WXT drive regional tread is Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) and M+S marked in recognition of its suitability in extreme, even Nordic winter conditions.
Matthias Urban has taken over the role of head of sales at Apollo Vredestein. He succeeds Jaap van Wessum, who will leave the company later this year after spending more than two decades there in various functions. The former Goodyear Dunlop business unit and marketing director began in his new position with Apollo Vredestein on 1 July.
Sometimes tyre people are creatures of habit. They like what they know and they know what they like. So when change comes it can feel disorientating. But change is also the engine of progress. And standing still is virtually synonymous with going backwards.