Goodyear applying its artificial intelligence technology to on-demand mobility

In 2016, Goodyear Europe launched its Proactive Solutions in the UK and 11 other European markets, offering fleets a predictive maintenance model. Goodyear’s know-how in the realm of artificial intelligence is now being put to use in the on-demand car sharing and ride hailing services sector in the USA; Goodyear Tire & Rubber has announced its participation in a pilot programme with start-up firm Stratim.

This tyre maintenance programme will leverage Goodyear’s proprietary artificial intelligence technology to help Stratim’s clients predict when their tyres need service or replacement in order to improve overall tyre management and maximise uptime across the fleet.

“As shared mobility continues to grow in popularity, we are seeing applications where miles driven per vehicle increase from 15,000 per year to as much 5,000 per month,” says Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer. “Those increased miles mean increased demand for tyre maintenance and repair, especially when you consider customer expectations for comfort and safety from a mobility service.”

Stratim’s technology platform tracks, monitors and oversees fleet maintenance for tens of thousands of vehicles operated by more than 50 mobility services across North America. Sean Behr, chief executive officer of Stratim, comments that vehicle maintenance and uptime are “critical metrics” for all mobility services. “Companies that can efficiently take care of their cars, minimise costs and be hyper-efficient will be the companies that win in the long run,” he adds. “Goodyear’s tyre maintenance solutions are game changers for the industry.”

Goodyear views mobile fleet solutions for passenger vehicles as an emerging market. “Our predictive analytics and fleet solutions are great innovations for new mobility providers,” opines Helsel. “As these services develop, and as shared mobility and autonomous vehicles get more trial and adoption, Goodyear will continue to innovate with the industry.”

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