The American arm of tire manufacturer Bridgestone has made a minority investment in autonomous vehicle developer May Mobility. The partnership will include the future integration of Bridgestone’s digital and predictive tire sensor and software technologies into May Mobility’s autonomous vehicles. Through the partnership, Bridgestone hopes it will gain useful insights into autonomous vehicle operations to improve its products.
“May Mobility is at the forefront of AV innovation and development, and we are excited to partner with the company through our broad service network of company-owned retail stores,” said Brian Goldstine, president of mobility solutions and fleet management at Bridgestone Americas. “Our future plans to integrate the Bridgestone suite of predictive maintenance insights will help ensure that May Mobility vehicles operate even more safely, efficiently and sustainably.”
May Mobility vehicles will also utilize insights derived from in-wheel sensors and proprietary Bridgestone predictive algorithms to monitor the health of tires, including tire pressure, temperature and tread wear, which will allow for proactive and predictive maintenance to improve fleet safety, efficiency and sustainability. Azuga, a cloud-based fleet mobility solution acquired by Bridgestone in 2021, will also be leveraged by May Mobility to improve business performance through its fleet management, camera intelligence and route planning features.