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Einride partners with Bridgestone to develop electric and autonomous trucks

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Einride and Bridgestone have agreed a partnership aimed at co-creating innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for electrified and autonomous Class 8 vehicles – trucks.

The collaboration will allow Einride to collect new layers of safety and efficiency-related data from Bridgestone’s smart-sensing tires, while enabling Bridgestone to integrate its advanced mobility technologies into Einride’s onboard vehicle platforms.

Together, the companies will work to create safer and more efficient mobility solutions to drive a more sustainable future for large commercial truck fleets.

As part of the agreement, Bridgestone will become an official US launch partner of Einride and the exclusive tire supplier for Einride in the US market.

In turn, Einride will supply connected electric trucks and digital services under a subscription agreement to Bridgestone for its US shipping logistics network, with the aim of electrifying the majority of Bridgestone’s landside transport needs by 2025.

Niklas Reinedahl, general manager, Einride North America, says: “Partnering with Brigestone is a great match for us both from a commercial and technical standpoint.

“We have an ambitious business plan for electric and autonomous transportation in the US as well as innovative plans to improve our capabilities by leveraging tire-as-a-sensor technology and insights derived from the tire telematics data.”

Nizar Trigui, CTO and group president, solutions businesses, Bridgestone Americas, says: “We are incredibly excited about this partnership and the opportunity to accelerate our shared goal of creating innovative solutions for fleets while advancing the transformation of Bridgestone into a sustainable solutions company.

“There is a very high ceiling for innovation within this relationship, including the use of vehicle and tire data and advanced analytics to drive efficiency, safety and low-carbon fleet mobility.”

The world’s largest tire and rubber company, Bridgestone is building on its 90 years of core tire engineering expertise and expanding its offerings to include sustainable mobility solutions.

The company’s global environmental goals include a 50 percent reduction of its carbon footprint by 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2050, as well as tires made from 100 percent renewable materials by 2050.

Worldwide, Bridgestone has a growing portfolio of innovative technologies and business solutions aimed at advancing safer, more efficient, and sustainable mobility, including Webfleet Solutions, IntelliTire telematics, and REACH streamlined service delivery for fleets.

Einride was the first in the world to operate an electric, self-driving truck on public roads for commercial purposes in 2019. The company develops and provides freight mobility solutions based on electric and autonomous vehicles, leading the transition to sustainable transport.