Goodyear’s Air Maintenance Technology Named a Most Promising Future Technology by Car & Driver


AKRON, OHDec. 9, 2011: Goodyear’s Air Maintenance
Technology (AMT) has been selected by Car Driver magazine as one of “ten
most promising future technologies” in its 2012 10Best edition. AMT will
enable tires to remain inflated at the optimum pressure without the need
for any external pumps or electronics. All components of the AMT system,
including the miniaturized pump, will be fully contained within the
tire.

Car Driver editors called AMT an “elegantly simple idea” in their
article in the December 2011 issue.

“While the technology is complex, the idea behind the AMT system is
relatively simple and powered by the tire itself as it rolls down the
road,” said Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s
chief technical officer.

“A tire that can maintain its own inflation is something drivers have
wanted for many years. Goodyear has taken on this challenge and the
progress we have made is very encouraging,” said Kihn. “This will become
the kind of technological breakthrough that people will wonder how they
ever lived without.”

AMT is currently under development at Goodyear’s Innovation Centers in
Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs
approximately 73,000 people and manufactures its products in 54 facilities
in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art
products and services that set the technology and performance standard for
the industry.

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