Goodyear is set to introduce the first use of microchips in its latest truck tyre range, in a bid to boost monitoring and safety for drivers in the UK.
According to a report from tyrepress.com, the move will see radio frequency identity (RFID) chips fitted in Goodyear Regional RHT ii 435/50r 19.5 trailer tyres.
These chipped tyres will then be linked to a special interface with FleetOnlineSolutions.
This special Goodyear Dunlop internet-based tyre management programme will be used to monitor tyres for wear and tear as well as tracking them in the event of theft or retreading.
The RFID chip is built into the tyre during assembly line production with each model featuring a unique inbuilt code designed to provide identification and authentication evidence.
Ewals Cargo Care has already trialled the RFID chipped tyres on some of its 3,100 trailers with fleet control manager Bart van Rens full of praise for the new technology.
Speaking to Tyrepress.com, Mr Van Rens said: “The RFID speeds up maintenance as it allows us to very quickly and accurately identify the tyres and link into the Goodyear FleetOnlineSolutions fleet management system."
The microchip technology has been built for use by megatrailer operators, but should it prove successful, it could soon be expanded across further fleet compounds in the Goodyear tyres range.
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Posted by Danielle Barge