ZF and Goodyear plan tyre and fleet management solutions for CVs in Europe

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 19 Jun 2021


ZF has entered into a long-term agreement with Goodyear bringing together ZF’s advanced Transics-branded, Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) and Goodyear’s high performing tyre portfolio and mobility solutions.

Initially, ZF and Goodyear will offer European commercial vehicle fleets an integrated suite of fleet and tyre management applications supporting mixed and multi-brand fleets. Through an interoperable and flexible solution, based on a single telematics box, TX-Trailerpulse, fleets can access the services and support of both companies, including Goodyear tyre data and full access to ZF’s Transics FMS solutions, TX-Trailerfit and TX-Connect.

“ZF’s collaboration with Goodyear harnesses the expertise and extensive capabilities of two industry-leaders behind a shared conviction to offer European fleets and trailer builders the benefits of a one-stop Fleet Management Solution,” said Peter Bal, Business Leader – Digital Customer Services, EMEA with ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Control System division. “Our ability to supply an integrated solution, with reduced hardware investment, means Europe’s commercial fleets can benefit from simplified operations as they seek to gain further efficiency, enhance safety and improve cargo security. The system will also help fleets meet upcoming EU GSR5 regulations which requires HCVs to be equipped with TPMS progressively from July 2022.”

“Together with ZF, we will deliver a major step-change to further drive results for transportation, logistics, fleet operators and manufacturers,” added Gregory Boucharlat, Vice-President, Commercial Europe with Goodyear. “Providing strong differentiation with interoperable proactive tyre and vehicle management solutions and intelligent services, we continue to deliver the very latest, future-proof and customised support for our customers right across Europe.”

Leveraging real-time data
To provide fleets with an integrated Fleet and Tyre Management Solution, ZF and Goodyear will leverage real-time data generated from all makes of Trailer Braking Systems (T-EBS) and tyre sensors. This will equip fleet operators and drivers with a wide range of actionable insights and smart functions. These are designed to optimise vehicle park usage while also helping to avoid road accidents and mitigate unscheduled vehicle downtime. Addressing market demand for more open and seamlessly integrated FMS, the collaboration will provide fleets with the combined benefits of both ZF’s fleet management services and Goodyear’s high performing commercial vehicle tyre portfolio.

With a clear focus on vehicle safety, the interoperable solution will enable fleets and trailer builders to comply with the EU General Safety Regulation mandated advanced safety functions which, come into effect from July 2022. Providing advanced tyre and trailer operating health insights, as well as enhanced driver safety monitoring, the collaboration will also help significantly reduce the 200,000 roadside incidents reported each year in the EU.

Supporting greener mobility, the rich, real-time data obtained from the trailer’s onboard systems and tyres, will enable fleets to optimise vehicle usage, reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions. The partners estimate that the collaboration could realize an emissions reduction of up to 2 tons of CO2 per connected trailer.

In addition to customers being free to select either company as their supplier, the modular and extendable total mobility offer means they only need to buy the functionalities required and can upgrade, if additional services are required later.