New Goodyear office to focus on autonomous vehicles and ride sharing
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced that it has opened its first office in Silicon Valley to connect with automakers, suppliers, and mobility-related startups working on the next generations of vehicles and service models. The company says its initial focus areas for its Silicon Valley office are to optimize tires and service solutions for autonomous vehicles and ride sharing fleets; to use tire and vehicle data to plan for tire replacement and service; and to connect with leaders in the automotive industry to accelerate its own innovation platforms.
"People don't immediately associate tires with the digital transformation in the automotive industry," said Chris Helsel, Goodyear's Chief Technology Officer. "But we see an unprecedented opportunity for tire electronics and information systems to improve vehicle performance, safety and, ultimately, the consumer experience."
The new Goodyear office is located in Sunnyvale, Calif., at the Plug and Play Tech Center—claimed to be the world's largest global technology accelerator and venture fund. Goodyear is a founding member of Plug and Play's mobility platform, launched in 2016.
"Our goal is to build smarter, connected products and services for future generations of vehicles and business models," said Helsel. "We are open for business in the Silicon Valley to connect with the best and brightest thinkers around the future of mobility."
Goodyear's Silicon Valley office is an extension of the company's global innovation network that includes innovation centers, development centers, and tire proving grounds around the world. The network also includes open innovation partnerships.