Bridgestone highlighting mobility solutions at IAA
In addition to its latest line-up of Bridgestone and Firestone tyres, Bridgestone intends to display its latest tech solutions at the 68th annual International Motor Show (IAA). The company states that the following solutions will be showcased at the Frankfurt fair in September:
Bridgestone Connect – a predictive maintenance solution that uses an embedded telematics dongle to monitor a vehicle’s key components, such as tyres, brakes, battery, engine oil and default signals, in real-time and flags any issues directly to a dedicated app.
Mobox – an all-inclusive monthly subscription service offering new tyres, full warranty and other vehicle-related services.
NextFleet and WebFleet – both introduced to the Bridgestone portfolio following the acquisition of TomTom Telematics in April.
WebFleet: A fleet management solution currently servicing more than 50,000 customers worldwide. It provides real-time information on the location of individual vehicles, allows fleet managers to communicate directly with drivers, helps to improve driving behaviour and save fuel, all while connecting to an extensive ecosystem of third-party solutions.
NextFleet: The connected car solution from TomTom Telematics. Launched last year, NextFleet is aimed at businesses that manage vehicles as well as individual drivers. It provides tailored insights about contract management, vehicle maintenance, stolen vehicle tracking, accident management, and more, via an online portal, the MyCar app, as well as interfaces (APIs) that can be integrated with other third-party systems.
Pioneering the future of the tyre
Bridgestone is also pioneering a range of new technologies to develop the tyre of the future and address these evolving demands. These Bridgestone tyre technologies that will be present at IAA 2019:
Enliten – Bridgestone’s lightweight tyre for reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel efficiency. Enliten demonstrates a rolling resistance that is on average 20 per cent better than a standard premium summer touring original fitment, and a reduction in weight that is ten per cent better, without performance trade-off (according to internal testing).
B-Silent – a technology to minimise in-vehicle noise on all road surfaces to consequently increase comfort for the driver. B-Silent is engineered to meet the noise reduction demands of electric vehicles and increased urbanisation.
Run-Flat Technology – this enables a tyre with zero air pressure to continue at speeds up to 80 km/h for 80 km.
B-Seal – also part of Bridgestone’s puncture solutions portfolio, B-Seal is an automatic sealant technology that guarantees air retention when nails, stones or other objects are embedded at up to 5mm in diameter in the tyre tread.
ologic technology – technology engineered to lower rolling resistance, increase fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions through two features: A large tyre diameter to reduce tyre contact with the road and a narrow tyre width to reduce aerodynamic resistance.