Fleets to test tire inflation technology

AKRON, Ohio – Some Canadian and US fleets will soon be participating in testing to see if they can keep their pressures up—tire pressures that is.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company intends to put its air maintenance technology (AMT) out on the road for about 18 months to see if it works as promised and keeps tires inflated at a specified cold inflation pressure without the need for any external pumps or electronics. The Canadian and US fleets who are participating in the trial will be running specially equipped tires on their trucks during their normal operations.

The AMT system uses peristaltic (or positive displacement) pump technology to automatically maintain tire pressure at fleets’ desired levels. All components of the AMT system, including the pump, are fully contained within the tire.

Goodyear received a US$1.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy to support the testing and development of the technology.

“This is an important milestone in the development of AMT for the commercial trucking marketplace,” said Joseph Zekoski, Goodyear’s chief technical officer. “The tires equipped with AMT have performed well in testing, and we are pleased that so many of our fleet customers were eager to collaborate with us in the next phase of testing.”

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