The ContiConnect Live digital solution now offers remote, real time tyre monitoring for truck trailers. The system is equally suitable for freestanding and coupled trailers and utilises a telematics unit to record tyre sensor data and send it to the ContiConnect portal. This data provides continuous information about tyre inflation and temperature.
Connected mobility company Targa Telematics has appointed Henning Wiefelspuetz as its head of OEM business integration. Wiefelspuetz will report directly to Alberto Falcione, VP sales, and will be responsible for Targa Telematics’ strategy, which aims to develop relationships and business with the OEM ecosystem in the connected car sector. Data collection and homogenisation to increase its usability across platforms is seen as the key to unlocking increasingly sophisticated systems in the developing future mobility segment.
Bridgestone Mobility Solutions is partnering with digital service provider RIO, a part of Traton SE and sister company to MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Truck & Bus. The collaboration involves integrating Bridgestone’s Webfleet fleet management solution with MAN trucks using the existing RIO Box OEM hardware.
Webfleet is a Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year, with the Bridgestone fleet management system gaining the 2022 European Commercial Fleet Telematics Company of the Year Award. This is the second consecutive year that Frost & Sullivan has honoured Webfleet with this distinction.
RL Automotive has partnered with the European Space Agency on the development of AutoTrust, a data analytics solution that will see the pair quantify the accuracy of big data gleaned from vehicles. According to the company, RL Automotive currently has an 18-month, 750,000 euro contract from the European Space Agency to develop cybersecure data transfer between vehicles and the cloud.
Michelin Connected Fleet made its UK debut at the ITT Hub truck technology event in Farnborough on 11 May 2022. Michelin Connected Fleet is an evolution of Michelin’s 2019 acquisition of Masternaut and interfacing with other comparable systems in the Michelin portfolio. The technology, which is as much about service and support as it is technology, was launched in Spain and France in 2021. Next up are Germany and South Africa later in 2022, followed by markets such as Sweden and Benelux after that.
Bridgestone’s telematics solutions provider, Webfleet Solutions will present the first global edition of the annual Webfleet Mobility Conference online on 26 April 2022. Titled ‘Mobility 2032: Are you ready?’, fleet and mobility experts will share insights and best practices to equip fleet decision-makers and business leaders with knowledge, inspiration and practical tools to design the fleets of tomorrow.
Brisa, the joint venture between Bridgestone Corporation and Sabancı Holding that holds a leadership position in Turkey’s tyre market, has acquired 88.89 per cent capital shares of Turkish fleet telematics company Arvento Mobile Systems (Arvento) for a consideration of TRY 291 million (£15 million). The transfer price will be subject to some adjustments, taking into account the net debt and working capital levels of Arvento at the closing date.
Based on its recent analysis of the fleet telematics market, Frost & Sullivan has recognised Bridgestone’s Webfleet Solutions with the 2021 European Fleet Telematics Company of the Year Award. The panel commended Webfleet Solutions for its strong leadership position and its innovative products, solutions and services that meet ever-evolving customer needs.
Bridgestone has announced that it has developed an integrated TPMS system for its Webfleet predictive tyre maintenance and fleet management system. Designed for heavy commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses, Webfleet TPMS “utilises sensors that continuously monitor tyre pressure levels and tyre temperature”.
Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) has reached an agreement with tech-focused private equity firm Sumeru Equity Partners, connected vehicle specialist Danlaw and other shareholders to purchase Azuga Holdings, Inc. (Azuga) and the Azuga fleet management platform for US$391 million. Bridgestone says the acquisition will accelerate its efforts to develop and deploy sustainable mobility solutions as a “central pillar of the company’s advanced mobility strategy.”
Bridgestone-owned retailer ETB (Exhausts, Tyres and Batteries), has reported a 40 per cent reduction in accidents and is set for insurance savings of up to £30,000 following the introduction of the Webfleet fleet management platform. The Software-as-a-Service) SaaS system from Bridgestone-owned Webfleet Solutions, which has been integrated with forward and reverse Mantis Live cameras, has been rolled out across ETB’s 100-strong tyre delivery fleet, comprising both HGVs and vans.
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).
ZF and Goodyear are partnering to provide “an integrated fleet and tyre management solution supporting mixed and multi-brand cargo fleets and trailer manufacturers”. The long-term agreement sees Goodyear and ZF bring together ZF’s Transics-branded, Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) and Goodyear’s tyre portfolio and mobility solutions. According to the companies, the goal is that “ZF and Goodyear will leverage real-time data generated from all makes of Trailer Braking Systems (T-EBS) and tyre sensors…”.
Imerys, a leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions, reports a significant reduction in tyre replacement and vehicle downtime since installing a TyreWatch remote monitoring service at its quarry in Furzebrook, Dorset. With a mixed fleet of off-road heavy plant and six bulk tippers, Imerys was looking for a solution to combat problems associated with tyre-pressure loss and, following a recommendation, turned to TyreWatch and their industry-specific PlantSmart telematics system.