automotive

Yokohama Rubber’s Advan Sport V107 Selected as OE Tire for New BMW EV

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it is supplying Advan Sport V107 tires as OE for the iX3, a new electric vehicle (EV) being sold by BMW AG. The Advan Sport V107 is a high-performance tire under Yokohama Rubber’s premier Advan series. In developing a version of this tire specifically for use in the iX3, Yokohama Rubber and...

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Sumitomo Riko Creates Prototype of Seat-Fitted Driver Monitoring System

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has been working in recent years to develop a driver monitoring system. And now the company has created a prototype that can be fitted to seats. Able to be fitted to all kinds of vehicles, this prototype driver monitoring system serves to acquire information regarding the driver’s vitals – such as heartbeat and breathing –...

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Sumitomo Rubber Set to Improve Materials Simulation Capabilities by Using Fugaku Supercomputer

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it has succeeded in its application to utilize the Fugaku supercomputer for industrial research in 2021. Opened up for use by the academic and industrial research sectors this March, Fugaku is part of Japan’s High-Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI). By utilizing the supercomputer, Sumitomo Rubber will look to speed up improvements to its...

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Goodyear Japan to Launch New Minivan Tire Promising More Comfortable Travel

Nippon Goodyear KK is set to launch a new tire, the EfficientGrip RVF02, on March 1. The tire has been designed specifically for use on minivans, with Goodyear going about this by paying heed to the quirks of such vehicles – such as their characteristic wobbling from side to side due to their height. The result is a tire that...

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Continental Tire Japan to Launch New Tire With Significantly Improved Snow and Wet Braking

Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd. is planning a March 1 domestic rollout for its new sports tire, the ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus. The company will make the tire available in an extensive lineup of sizes. Compatible with a wide range of vehicles ranging from sports cars, premium sedans, SUVs and CUVs through to minivans, the DWS06 Plus is well suited to...

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Bridgestone Promises Quiet SUV Driving With Launch of New On-Road Tire

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) on Feb. 1 launched the Alenza LX100, a premium comfort-focused SUV tire for on-road use. Designed for use with on-road SUV use – a growing trend in the Japanese SUV market – the LX100 features 3D noise-reducing grooves for cutting down on high-frequency noise. Further, it features “secret grooves” for keeping an optimal tread pattern as the...

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