NEW ORLEANS (Jan. 29, 2002)—As part of efforts to merge run-flat tire technology with other techno breakthroughs, Goodyear has launched technical agreements with Siemens VDO Automotive, Cycloid and Phase IV Engineering to study on-board tire information and sensor technology.
Speaking at the recent J.D.Power International Automotive Roundtable in New Orleans, Goodyear Chairman and CEO Sam Gibara said run-flat tires, tire pressure warning systems and other technological advances are of utmost importance in the future of tires. There is, he said, a “growing renaissance of tire appreciation” among motorists and auto manufacturers alike.
Goodyear is working toward creating an in-dash warning display of tire temperature and tire pressure information by the end of 2003, Mr. Gibara said. That concept would merge Goodyear's run-flat technology with the electronic know-how needed to allow tires and vehicles to communicate.
The company's run-flat EMT (extended mobility tire), according to Mr. Gibara, has been approved for use by General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler A.G., and BMW for its new Mini Cooper and 3-series vehicles.
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