The sensors that detect problems and provide information to self-driving vehicles typically include radar, lidar and cameras. Now tires can be included in that mix.
Self-driving truck company Gatik and tiremaker Goodyear said Wednesday they have worked together to develop tire technology that estimates road friction and sends real-time information to Gatik's automated driving system.
For the past three months, those tires have been deployed in real-world operations. Gatik has utilized the Goodyear technology in its autonomous-driving operations in Canada, which involve goods-hailing for grocery giant Loblaw.
The two companies revealed the developments at CES.
The companies have previously discussed their collaboration on the tire technology, but now they are explaining how it will be deployed.