Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced it has developed and is testing a
custom-engineered non-pneumatic (airless) tyre (NPT) to support Starship
Technologies, a Goodyear Ventures portfolio company, builds and operates a
network of over 1,000 last mile autonomous robots that carry and deliver
packages, groceries and food directly to customers.
address Starship’s request related to tyre health and maintenance, Goodyear
developed a specially engineered airless tyre designed to extend tyre life and
reduce maintenance activities for Starship’s delivery fleet.
and Starship have entered an in-field testing phase at Bowling Green State
University to evaluate vehicle and tyre dependencies. Early on-vehicle tyre
testing data has shown positive results with respect to tread wear, braking and
are excited to extend our unique airless tire architectures into new forms of
mobility,” said Michael Rachita, Goodyear’s senior program manager,
non-pneumatic tyres, adding that “The micro delivery space presents a different
set of needs as it relates to the tyre, and our NPT technology is ideal to meet
those needs to help enable a maintenance-free and long-lasting experience.”
delivery robots make thousands of deliveries every day in all types of weather
conditions and terrain,” said Siim Viilup, mechanical engineering manager,
Starship Technologies. “To make sure we can keep up with the growing demand for
our services, we need tyres that are reliable and keep our robots on the move
around the clock and around the globe. It’s great to see these new tyres
offering reliability as well as cost savings as we scale our business,” Viilup
Technologies is revolutionising deliveries with autonomous robots. The robots
are designed to deliver food, groceries and packages locally in minutes. The
delivery robots have traveled millions of miles and completed over 2m
autonomous deliveries around the world. They drive autonomously but are
monitored by humans who can take control at any time. Starship was founded by
Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis (Skype Chief Architect and Co-founder) and Alastair
Westgarth is the CEO.
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