July-August_2021 - 18

Transit Industry
Advancements
Riding on Rubber
Recent developments in specialized tires are
supporting changing modes of transport, while
more connected asset management platforms are
optimizing fleet operations and enhancing safety.
By Mischa Wanek-Libman, executive editor
E
merging and evolving modes
of transport require elements
that are just as state-of-theart.
Tires, literally, carry
the weight of service and
are becoming specialized to
handle autonomous vehicle
operations and support the
transit industry's fleet electrification
transition. Asset management
solutions are also being
enhanced to help fleet managers
better maintain and optimize tire
health and safety.
Airless Tires for AVs
Goodyear introduced a non-pneumatic
tire (NPT) and wheel assembly
to support autonomous vehicle
transportation in a city setting at a
July 13 event with the Jacksonville
Transportation Authority (JTA).
JTA will be the first in the industry
to host the NPT on its autonomous
vehicle fleet where Local Motors'
Olli 2.0 will be equipped with the
airless tire as part of the Test &
Learn Program as the authority
continues to plan for its Ultimate
Urban Circulator program.
At the event to introduce the
tire, Goodyear Senior Program
Manager of Non-Pneumatic Tires
Michael Rachita explained alternative
airless architectures are
ideal to transform the way people
move, especially when one considers
autonomous transportation
means driverless transportation.
" A fleet of robo-shuttles and delivery
vehicles moving people and
goods around cannot be slowed
by operational issues that may
arise from the need for tire care.
We believe that airless tires have
tremendous potential to meet certain
performance requirements in
these emerging sectors. A 'touchless'
mobility solution enabling
service up-time, better total cost
of ownership and zero maintenance
is at the forefront of these
requirements as it pertains to AV
shuttling, " said Rachita.
Goodyear and Local Motors
tested an Olli shuttle supported by
the NPT at Goodyear testing facilities
and other locations during
the past three years where the tire
reached several performance targets
with respect to load, speed
and durability.
Local Motors President Vikrant
Aggarwal explains a decrease in
maintenance costs can translate
to performance reliability for AVs
such as Ollie.
" Goodyear's non-pneumatic
tires are positioned to give maintenance
teams less to worry about
while giving passengers a quiet,
consistent ride. Non-pneumatic
tires may just be the industry
standard in the coming years, "
said Aggarwal.
While in use at JTA, Goodyear
and Local Motors will gather experiential
data and look for viewpoints
on ride comfort, noise and
other variables.
" Performance metrics such as
treadwear, tire noise, tire rolling
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OLLIE 2.0
autonomous
vehicle being
tested by JTA
with Goodyear's
NPT tires.
Goodyear
GOODYEAR
BELIEVES airless
tires have
potential to
meet certain
performance
requirements
found in
autonomous
applications.
resistance and ride comfort are being
explored in the context of the
unique operational and vehicle dynamics
of AV/EV transport shuttles,
which have wheel-mounted
electric motors, autonomous
starting and stopping and sensor-controlled
steering feedback, "
said Rachita.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August_2021

Ad Index
Editor's Notebook
People & Places
A Note from the Editor
Charles Carroll Carter: How He Left His Mark on Public Transit
Transit Industry Advancements: Riding on Rubber
EMBARK-ing Toward Better Mobility
Re-imagining Stations as the Center of Sustainable Urban Life
Via Jersey City Success Story
Products
The Scheduling Conundrum
July-August_2021 - 1
July-August_2021 - 2
July-August_2021 - 3
July-August_2021 - 4
July-August_2021 - Ad Index
July-August_2021 - Editor's Notebook
July-August_2021 - 7
July-August_2021 - People & Places
July-August_2021 - 9
July-August_2021 - 10
July-August_2021 - 11
July-August_2021 - 12
July-August_2021 - A Note from the Editor
July-August_2021 - Charles Carroll Carter: How He Left His Mark on Public Transit
July-August_2021 - 15
July-August_2021 - 16
July-August_2021 - 17
July-August_2021 - Transit Industry Advancements: Riding on Rubber
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July-August_2021 - EMBARK-ing Toward Better Mobility
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