UVeye applies artificial intelligence to tyre inspection
UVeye’s key product for the tyre market is called Artemis. This advanced system gathers technical and safety-related data. In a matter of seconds, the system reads and recognises the tyre brand, markings and technical specification, as well as crucial safety-related data such as tyre condition, pressure, abrasion and scratches.
FCAI releases October 2019 new vehicle sales
“Year to date sales of new motor vehicles in 2019 are almost 78,000 units (eight per cent) lower than the same period in 2018. While the drought and other domestic conditions are impacting the market, our key concern is the effect that over-regulation of the financial sector is having on new vehicle sales. ..."
Continental and 3M Intelligent Infrastructure Technology
Continental announced it has entered into a collaborative evaluation partnership with 3M to assess the infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) interface between infrastructure-related objects and technologies (including pavement markings, conspicuity film, signs and other landmarks, on or near the roadway environment)
Michelin: UPTIS unveiled to the public
Michelin has been calling UPTIS a revolution in tyre design, because for the past 130 years, the company has been constantly innovating to improve all areas of tyre performance (longevity, noise, safety, fuel efficiency, etc.), but until UPTIS, none of the work had ever produced a satisfactory solution to punctures.
Sydney Olympic Park Electric Vehicle expo
Held by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA), the annual expo, which ran over two days, gave drivers and families the chance to learn more about the growing range of EV models available in Australia, as well as helping to explain topics such as charging, range and conversions.
Michelin : pilot plant to produce bio-sourced butadiene
The BioButterfly project launched by Michelin in 2012 has just achieved another milestone: the construction of France's first industrial pilot plant capable of producing butadiene from ethanol. The goal is to replace oil-based raw materials used in the company's tyres with bio-sourced molecules
Aquaplaning: Minimum Legal Tread Depth Can Prove Fatal
The tread depth determines how much water a tyre can take up and disperse from beneath the contact patch. The less tread you have remaining, the more likely it is that a wedge of water will build up ahead of the tyre. This leads to aquaplaning as the tyre loses contact with the road surface
Continental and Spark Racing Technology Extreme E testing
Testing for the Extreme E off-road electric racing series began earlier this month at the Château de Lastours off-road proving grounds in the south of France. How well the car and tyres were working together was one of the questions looked into during the test runs
Tyre selection critical to EV performance – Kwik Fit
“Electric vehicle demand is at embryonic levels, but it is clear that company car benefit-in-kind tax changes will fuel a huge surge in fleet take-up. The infancy of the sector means that it is too early to determine exactly how real-world tyre wear will compare to internal combustion engine models. But it is business-critical that fleet operators monitor how tyre life is impacted by the unique characteristics of plug-in vehicles.”
4JET launches Scannect QR code tyre reader app
With laser etched QR Codes being increasingly used in passenger car and commercial tyre applications, the 4JET app decodes the information and translates it back to plain data, such as the manufacturer’s name, TIN Code, load- and speed index or directional information. Information about a tyre’s origin
Hankook Tyres now original equipment on Audi's Q8
Hankook is now a supplier of various sized tyres for the new Audi Q8. The Hankook tyre lines, Ventus and Winter i*cept evo 2 SUV as well as the Dynapro HP 2 Plus, are fitted as original equipment to the SUV flagship of the Ingolstadt-based premium manufacturer.
Continental Designs Tomorrow’s Tyre
At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Continental will be presenting Conti C.A.R.E., a comprehensive technology system. Conti C.A.R.E. (Connected. Autonomous. Reliable. Electrified.) stands for the fine-tuned networking of wheel and tyre technologies and the manageability of the desired performance characteristics.
Hankook Tire equips Swiss electric roadster
The first project will be to fit the Roadster eRod with ultra-high-performance tyres from the Ventus line. The eRod is a purist road-legal sports car for enthusiastic drivers. Equipped with 195/50R15 V Ventus V12 evo 2s, this powerful electric vehicle combines passion and safety, enabling maximum driving pleasure.
How 10 popular electric cars depreciated over a three-year period
“Electric cars are usually more expensive than their petrol equivalent, but their running costs are significantly cheaper,” said Ben Wooltorton, Chief Operating Office at InsuretheGap.com. “For example, to fully charge the VW Golf GTE car’s 8.7kWh battery, which has a driving distance of 20 miles...
‘One-sided, unrepresentative, unrealistic’ – Michelin criticises Auto Bild tyre test
Michelin’s Pierre Robert hasn’t taken this criticism of worn tyres lying down. The vice president of research refers to the Auto Bild article as “one-sided” and “unrepresentative”, commenting that the tests involved reflect an “unrealistic driving situation.”
Slight fall in August new car sales, but strong showing for electric cars
Exciting new powertrain technologies, the result of massive manufacturer investment, are now rapidly coming to market, with the range set to almost double over the coming year. However, with demand still lagging behind ambitious government targets, it is clear that much more needs to be done
FCAI releases August 2019 new vehicle sales figures
Announcing the results in Melbourne today, Tony Weber, chief executive of the FCAI, noted that the August results marked the seventeenth consecutive month of declining sales. “There’s no doubt it is a very tough market at the moment,” Mr Weber said, “And despite the best efforts of the industry, the decrease in sales continues.”
Hankook Tire wins the IDEA 2019 for its innovative concept tyres
Hexonic is a tyre for fully-autonomous, shared cars (car sharing) that provides optimised driving solutions with smart sensors. HLS-23, Hankook Tire’s future logistics transport system, guarantees sustainable logistics services through individual or assembled group operations
Electric vehicles are already cheaper than petrol cars for fleet owners
Government and corporate fleets do not have to spend extra money by switching to electric vehicles, according to new research from ClimateWorks. They already pay for themselves – if viewed on the total cost of ownership, rather than the upfront ticket price
Highways England funds trial of rubberised road in new tyre recycling scheme
Up to 750 waste tyres could be used per kilometre of road surface, in a bid to cut down on the export of discarded rubber. Roads across the UK could soon be rubberised in a bid to cut down on tyre waste, if trials funded by Highways England are deemed successful.
Dunlop Sport Classic tops Auto Bild Klassik’s vintage tyre test for second year in a row
Auto Bild Klassik recognised the Dunlop Sport Classic for its precise steering, very good aquaplaning performance, short braking distance on a wet surface and overall for its harmonic driving experience.
Michelin has everything to gain from increased transparency
To demonstrate the importance of that testing, Michelin recently held tests to measure the performance gap between different worn tyres, with the goal of: ensuring that everyone can insist on tyres that are safe to the last kilometre... and beyond.
From Mini to Maxi: Six decades of Mini tyres
This August, Mini officially began celebrating the iconic marque’s 60th anniversary. Tyres & Accessories wanted to join in with the celebrations by sharing a couple of interesting points about how the Mini’s tyres have evolved over the last 60 years.
Deloitte: Electric vehicles will be cheaper than petrol and diesel by 2021
Commenting on yesterday’s new car registration figures, which showed registrations of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) increasing 158 per cent year-on-year in July despite the wider downward trend, Deloitte opined that a ‘tipping point’ between combustion and electric vehicles would occur in the UK by 2021.
Continental: No EV battery cell production, but greater focus upon electro mobility
Observing that Continental’s customers are, “Increasingly, and consistently, turning to the electrification of combustion engines through hybrid drives as well as to pure battery-powered vehicles,” Wolf declared “the future is clearly electric.”
New car market declines in July but pure EV registrations almost triple
Meanwhile, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles continued their recent decline, down 49.6 per cent. Demand for battery electric vehicles shot up by a massive 158.1 per cent, resulting in a 1.4 per cent market share, the highest monthly market share on record.
Hankook Tyre UK wins Tyre Manufacturer category at the 2019 TyreSafe Awards
Premium tyre maker Hankook was announced as the winner of the Tyre Manufacturer Award at the TyreSafe annual awards held on the evening of Thursday 18th July at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire. The Awards were set up to recognise the achievements of those who have excelled in their initiatives to increase awareness of tyre safety, over the past twelve months
Formula E : a season of achievements for our tyres
The MICHELIN Pilot Sport tyre for fully electric single-seaters successfully navigated the extreme conditions of the fully electric single-seater FIA Formula E Championship. Season 6 may see a major breakthrough with the introduction of the first connected tyres in car racing
The commitment of the Michelin Group to sustainable natural rubber
the increase in global demand for natural rubber, and poor farming practices, can have a negative impact on tropical forests and biodiversity. As a result, Michelin has been working for many years to improve the industry’s value chain with five areas of action
Equal Access To In-vehicle Data Is Crucial To Safe Driving And Sustainable Mobility
“We call on the European Commission to address non-discriminatory access to in-vehicle data for third parties in a comprehensive and timely manner. Only a genuine level playing field with secure industry-wide standards will enable Europe’s citizens to ultimately benefit from Connected and Automated Mobility advancements.”
Bridgestone Group’s Sustainability Report 2019
Today the Bridgestone Group published its Sustainability Report 2018-2019 highlighting strong progress toward its global commitment to help achieve a more sustainable society. Two years ahead of schedule, the Group exceeded its 2020 goal of reducing global water withdrawal by 35 percent
World premiere of Extreme E electric SUV with Continental tyres at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Two new Continental tyre types, specially developed for the off-road racing series Extreme E, made their global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Designed for the world’s toughest driving conditions, the new tyres, complete with summer and winter tyre technologies, were presented to the public along with the unique electric sports utility vehicle
Bridgestone EMEA prepares for the future with €36 million commitment to smart factory project
Bridgestone EMEA announces that it is investing €36 million to digitise its manufacturing operations and to create the smart factories of the future. From 2019 onwards, the project will enable Bridgestone EMEA to respond faster and more flexibly to evolving customer demands, while enabling production to use less energy and produce less waste.
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS Homologated for Porsche 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS
After the recent introduction of the new Eagle F1 SuperSport range, Goodyear has announced that its Eagle F1 SuperSport RS has been homologated for the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Porsche 911 GT3 (RS) in sizes 265/35 ZR 20 (99Y) XL and 325/30 ZR 21 (108Y) XL.
Pirelli Recognised by Ford as a Top Performing Global Supplier
Pirelli has been recognised as a top performing global supplier at the 21st annual Ford World Excellence Awards, receiving a Brand Pillar of Sustainability World Excellence Award. “It is an honour to receive the Sustainability World Excellence Award for Ford,” Marco Crola, CEO of Pirelli Tyre North America said.
Bridgestone and Volkswagen Combine to Break Nürburgring Record
The first fully electric race car of Volkswagen, the ID.R completed the 20.83 kilometre long racetrack - widely considered one of the most challenging in the world - in a time of 6:05.336 minutes, beating the previous record by 40.56 seconds.
Bridgestone Introduces New Lightweight Tyre Technology
According to Bridgestone, Enliten represents a reduction in material and rolling resistance performance to contribute to the reduction of a vehicle’s CO2 emissions, while providing the same wear life as a standard original equipment tyre. It also improves the vehicle’s handling stability to increase driving pleasure.
Michelin, GM Take the Air Out of Tyres for Passenger Vehicles
Michelin and General Motors presented a new generation of airless wheel technology for passenger vehicles — the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (or “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System”) — at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility.
Continental Celebrates Ten Years of Hefei Plant
Continental has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its passenger and light truck tyres plant in Hefei, China. A special event was hosted at the plant recently with the participation of management from the Tyre Division and Continental China as well as the plant employees and their families.
Continental Wins Inaugural Tyre Industry Environmental & Sustainable Solution Award in the UK
The independent judging panel looked for entries to show evidence of material reducing the environmental impact of tyres and production over the product’s entire lifespan, whilst promoting sustainability and bringing environmental benefits to both business and wider society.
Goodyear Partners with Citroën on its 100th Anniversary to Deliver Autonomous, Electric Mobility
Conceptualised with an extra-large dimension and aesthetics to match the 19_19 Concept’s spectacular design, the Goodyear C100 concept tyre is envisaged to deliver the comfort and smart performance this unique vehicle requires.
Michelin Releases Q1 Figures
“In difficult markets, we once again demonstrated the resilience afforded by our Group’s exposure to different economic sectors, allowing us to confirm our 2019 guidance. First-quarter sales also reflect the major contribution of our recent acquisitions, Camso and Fenner,”
New Car Sales Up 3.5% YTD
“While small passenger car sales fell 13.8 per cent, the segment continues to attract the most buyers, holding 19.8 per cent of the new car market in April 2015 and 21.1 per cent year-to-date. Large SUVs held 12.9 per cent of the new car market in April, medium SUVs held 12.1 per cent, 4×4 light commercial vehicles held 11.6 percent and small SUVs held 10.1 per cent.”
SUV Sales Hold Up in Lower June Result
The Australian new car market slowed in June compared with the same period in 2017, with the total market down 2.9 per cent, according to the latest data released by the motor industry’s official statistical service, VFACTS. Notably, the three top-selling vehicles during June were light commercial vehicles, with the Toyota Hilux leading the market
Michelin Claims Auto Express Tyre Test
Eight tyres in the size 225/40 18 Y 92 XL were fitted to a Volkswagen Golf and put through their paces in test categories including dry handling, dry braking, wet handling, wet braking, wet cornering, straight aquaplaning, curved aquaplaning, rolling resistance and cabin noise.
Continental Unveils the PremiumContact 6
In the PremiumContact 6, Continental states that it has bridged the gap between a very comfortable tyre and a sporty one, with its tyre developers coming up with new solutions for maximum safety, high ride comfort and a tread design for superior handling.
Five Creative Ways to Recycle Tyres
The number of cars on the road is growing in Australia and as a result tyre manufacturing is on the rise too. Each year, Australia sees the equivalent of 48 million tyres reach the end of their lifecycle, yet only 16 per cent of these are being correctly recycled
History of Tyres & the Evolution of Tyre Technology
The automotive industry has experienced countless technological advancements over time, including the introduction of voice recognition technology, electrically-charged vehicles, and most recently, the unveiling of Australia’s first self-driving car developed in Victoria.
Dunlop Sport Maxx RT to feature on Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
The Sport Maxx RT, like all Dunlop tyres, has been built using Dunlop’s racing technologies and is characterised by its high level of grip on dry and wet roads, combined with excellent handling capabilities and great braking performance.
10 fun facts about tyres we bet you didn’t know
Whether you spend a little or a lot of time in your car, tyres are big part of our lives. Some people enjoy replacing their tyres with a brand new set while others are just starting to recognise the importance of taking care of their car’s tyres.