TDK and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber company are working on next generation integrated tire sensing technologies.
The two companies are planning to develop a robust tire sensing system by combining TDK software, sensor and electronic component expertise with Goodyear expertise in tire development, intelligent solutions and industry trends.
The two industry leaders are in the process of conducting market research and technical exploration for a joint design that delivers actionable insights improving vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency.
This will be a key challenge to integrated pressure sensor and ASIC suppliers such as Swindon Silicon Systems in the UK, part of Sensata Technologies, which has the majority of the market for Bluetooth-based wireless tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) systems, as well as Infineon Technologies in Germany.
Currently the European Union, the United States, South Korea and China have introduced TPMS legislation with Japan, India, Russia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia also moving towards legislation for the implementation of mandatory TPMS.
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“As the automotive industry continues to technologically advance, so too does the need for real time intelligence from the road to the tire to the car. This alliance will have the joint benefit of accelerating both technology and customer access to the highest performance sensor technology in the market,” said Jim Tran, General Manager, Americas HQ and Deputy General Manager, Technology & Intellectual Property Centre at TDK.
“We look forward to this collaboration with Goodyear, a worldwide market leader in the automotive segment.”
“Working with influential organizations like TDK is essential to further innovate in the intelligence space. TDK’s expertise in the sensor and electronics space will be instrumental in maximizing the utility of what a tire can provide,” said Chris Helsel, Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer, Goodyear. “We are driving toward a mobility future where vehicles themselves are smarter, safer and more sustainable. Collaborations like this one can play a critical role in achieving these objectives. “