Over a period of 12 months, ATS Euromaster piloted an out-of-hours tyre inspection and replacement service for retailer and dotcom fleets. The tyre and maintenance provider recently opened up this night shift service to last-mile delivery operators is already generating over 9,300 servicing jobs per month. It says this service, which complements the existing emergency tyre work service it provides to blue lights fleets, is “already proving a hit for customers and staff.”
UK and European haulier MDF Transport has clocked nearly 400,000 miles on the Michelin X Multi Energy tyres running on the drive axle of one of its Volvo FH trucks. Reporting this accomplishment, Michelin notes that the specialist transport provider specifies all new vehicles on its tyres, having found them to last “longer, reduce fuel consumption and ultimately be cheaper to run than any other premium fitment on the market.”
Two years after first partnering to develop an intelligent tyre monitoring system, Bridgestone Corporation is extending its collaboration with Microsoft. It will use Microsoft Azure to create value for customers, primarily global fleets and OEMs, by integrating advanced tyre analytics to provide a better overview of treadwear and casing health. By doing so, Bridgestone aims to raise customer productivity and efficiency by maximising retreading and informing when tyre maintenance may be needed.
The haulage industry is facing rising cost pressures and efficient fleet management is becoming an irreplaceable ingredient in many logistics firms’ recipes for success. Continental is now introducing an upgraded version of its ContiConnect tyre management solution that comes complete with a comprehensive tyre asset management offering. It says this system provides made-to-measure tools designed to make fleet management efficient, convenient, sustainable and future-focused.
As of this year, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is accrediting road safety products with two levels of accreditation: DVSA Recognised, for products that are well-designed and have the potential to improve road safety; and DVSA Endorsed, for established products whose contribution to safer roads can be demonstrated. Wheely-Safe reports that its latest generation wheel loss detection system, which combines brake and hub temperature monitoring with an intelligent TPMS, has become one of the first products to become DVSA Recognised.
Volta Trucks, the full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has completed its first customer driving evaluation and feedback sessions of the Volta Zero Design Verification prototype. The review gave customers their first experience of the zero-tailpipe emission medium-duty truck designed for urban logistics, providing a real-world understanding of the vehicle’s performance, world-first driver-centric cab and innovative safety features. Volta entered a tyre partnership with Bridgestone in August 2020, with the manufacturer supplying tyres to Volta’s pilot fleet since 2021.
Goodyear has published the results of its first Sustainable Reality Survey, an investigation into what actions truck fleets and transport companies are taking to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as the sustainability plans they have in place and the obstacles still standing in their way. The tyre maker says the results proved encouraging.
This year, Goodyear asked fleet operators in Europe for their views on issues related to sustainability and what they’re doing to reduce carbon footprint. A total of 985 fleets from 36 European countries responded during August and September 2021, and the results of this 2021 Goodyear Sustainable Reality Survey are now out and available from Goodyear upon request. Responses suggest that sustainability has a significant prominence for operators in the transportation industry.
At this year’s Solutrans show, Michelin is launching Michelin Connected Fleet in its home market of France. This launch follows the introduction of Michelin Connected Fleet in Spain in October 2020, and Michelin says it will also debut in the UK by the end of this year, as well as in Germany and South Africa.
As part of their commitment to help shape sustainable future mobility, Bridgestone EMIA and its Webfleet Solutions subsidiary are supporting the adoption of electrified fleets across the region. As sponsors of MOVE 2021, both companies are today in London showcasing their work to address EV concerns among fleet customers and accelerate the electric future.
Earlier this year, Goodyear debuted its TruckForce Service Excellence Award. The initial round of honours and those following in the second quarter of the year saw a total of ten network partners, including two in the UK, awarded for their exemplary service and performance. Goodyear has now announced its TruckForce Service Excellence Award winners for the third quarter of 2021 and has acknowledged a further five partners who “share a goal to deliver high performance and initiatives that benefit their commercial fleet customers.”
Telematics and fleet management services provider Masternaut has launched its new MoveElectric solution. With MoveElectric, the Michelin-owned firm aims to support the management of company fleets as they transition from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric vehicles (EV).
Transport company Rotala PLC has extended its relationship with the Michelin Services and Solutions team by signing a further five-year Effitires contract. Michelin considered the renewal a sign of Rotalla’s “continued confidence in the product” as well as a “shared focus on sustainable transport.”
Goodyear is launching a new and “very user-friendly” tyre pressure monitoring system for HGVs and trailers. With DrivePoint joining the existing TPMS and Drive-Over-Reader smart tyre monitoring solutions within Goodyear’s Total Mobility portfolio, the company can now offer three alternatives.