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Transport Topics' Website (December 20, 2017) – It has long been the case that tires reside at the top of the industry’s key maintenance challenges. What’s new is how the industry will deal with the potential for tire failures on autonomous trucks, and it’s an issue that must be addressed; Level 4 highly automated commercial vehicles — which per SAE definition will control all aspects of driving in specified conditions — will require automated response systems capable of scheduling and rerouting vehicles due to mechanical or operational issues such as tire problems.
Tire Maintenance Key in Age of Autonomous Vehicles
Rochester Hills, MI (May 12, 2018) – Recent consumer research showed that up to 35% of fleets surveyed in North America will adopt TPMS this year. Since tires are the second leading cause of roadside inspection citations after brakes, fleets are finding that they also need a technology to maintain their tires better, prevent enroute tire problems, and reduce the number of tick marks in the “bad” column of their CSA ratings. With many TPMS available to choose from, fleets must now determine which TPMS is right for them. There is much to consider.
Rochester Hills, MI (November 15, 2017) – Just about everyone knows that tires are the second largest maintenance operating cost for fleets after fuel. In addition, they account for an estimated 51% of all emergency truck breakdowns. This situation has long been the case, but now with the rather imminent introduction of autonomous vehicles to trucking, high breakdown rates are no longer acceptable. The diagnosis and prevention of tire issues must be made well in advance of tires’ failing so that vehicles with developing tire problems can be re-routed to service locations where tire technicians, who have been pre-advised of a vehicle’s specific tire issues and have the correct tires and parts on-hand, can service and return them back into operation as quickly as possible and avoid breakdowns altogether.
Rochester Hills, MI (October 15, 2018) – The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) recently presented a panel discussion called “What the Blazes? Thermal Events Forensic Analysis”. Representatives from a brake manufacturer, a tire company, and two major fleets made excellent presentations on the causes of vehicle fires and actions taken to eliminate them.