Goodyear Demonstrates Innovative Air Maintenance Technology at Geneva Motor Show
Goodyear tyres has chosen the Geneva International Motor Show for the very first public display and demonstration of their unique self-inflating tyre system. Formally called the Air Maintenance Technology (or AMT), the Goodyear research team has been working on this project for the past two years.
Given popularity and international interest generated by the Geneva Motor Show, we must say that this is an ideal platform for the first unveiling of such an important tyre technology.
Details about the AMT System
The AMT system developed by Goodyear enables the tyre to maintain optimal pressure without the necessity of driver intervention, air pumps or electronic gadgets of any shape or form. The Goodyear stand at the Geneva demonstrates exactly how this system works for the very first time.
Significance of AMT
Driving with under inflated tyres is risky and can increase the chances of accidents. Besides, maintaining the right tyre pressure contributes to enhancing the fuel efficiency and reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
In the course of regular driving, most drivers often do not periodically check tyre pressure. With Goodyear’s AMT system, the need for regular tyre pressure checks is obviated, as this unique self inflating technology helps maintain optimal pressure at all times without any form of external intervention.
Thus AMT not only enhances safety in driving, but is more environment friendly and also helps save money at the fuel pumps.
Commercial Version Likely to Take Time
At this point, however, it is necessary to add that Goodyear is not sure when the technology will be ready for commercial launch. Mr. Jean-Claude Kihn Chief Technical Officer, Goodyear did mention that the progress made by the research and the results that are being seen are encouraging. He added that development work is on in full swing to arrive at the commercial model very soon.
So in the meantime, you had better keep a regular check on your tyre pressure to remain safe.
Development of the AMT Technology
Goodyear has been working on this innovative technology for the past two years.
To support this endeavour, the company received a US $ 1.5 million grant from the Office of Vehicle Technology, part of the US State Department of Energy. This grant was specifically to research, develop and demonstrate the AMT system for commercial truck tyres. Research in this area is being carried out at the company’s Innovation Centre in Akron, Ohio.
Goodyear has another Innovation Centre at Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg. At this centre, research is currently underway to develop the AMT system for consumer tyres. To aid the research in this area, the company has received a sizeable grant from the Luxembourg government.
“This Innovative Technology Reiterates the company’s commitment to customers and the environment”, Says Goodyear
Jean Pierre Jeusette, General Director, Goodyear Innovation Centre Luxembourg commented that the investment and development of the AMT system reiterates the company’s commitment to customers by enhancing their safety as well as reducing their fuel expenses. Further, the AMT system that maintains an optimal tyre pressure at all times reduces carbon dioxide emissions, reiterating the company’s commitment towards the environment