Goodyear launches fuel-efficient steer tire, new service app

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Updated Mar 5, 2015
The Smart Tech app is available for iPhone and Android platforms.The Smart Tech app is available for iPhone and Android platforms.

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS — Goodyear has launched a fuel-efficient long haul steer, the Fuel Max LHS, and a smartphone app that streamlines roadside service.

The LHS is a complement to the Fuel Max LHD G505D, Goodyear’s fuel-efficient long-haul drive tire, introduced in October.

Use of the two tires together provides savings of $560 to $1,300 in fuel costs per truck, per year, compared to comparable tires from leading competitors, said Gary Medalis, director of marketing. The company presented results of SAE Type II Fuel Economy testing, a leading industry standard for comparing products.

Brian Buckham, general manager of product marketing, said the LHS also has these attributes:

  • Specialized, multi-layered tread compounding to promote even wear and longevity.
  • Penetration resistance to help prevent stone drilling, which extends the potential for retreading.
  • A steel belt and casing package for enhanced toughness and endurance.

Like the Fuel Max LHD G505D, the LHS is verified by the SmartWay program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Goodyear announced the LHS and the app during a meeting with trucking journalists and customers at its Goodyear Proving Grounds in San Angelo, Texas.

When used with the Fuel Max LHD G505D drive tire, the new Fuel Max LHS (pictured) provides hundreds of dollars a year in fuel savings, the company says.When used with the Fuel Max LHD G505D drive tire, the new Fuel Max LHS (pictured) provides hundreds of dollars a year in fuel savings, the company says.

The new Smart Tech app is designed to add efficiency to its roadside service programs and to provide the driver, the fleet and dealer personnel immediate access to the progress of a service call.

Smart Tech begins working “from the moment the call is accepted to the moment the technician returns home after having helped the customer’s truck return to service,” said Jose Martinez, business solutions manager. “There is no need for writing, memorization or phone calls, which saves valuable time and helps eliminate expensive errors.”

The app is free to all customers of the company’s Fleet HQ program, which serves the largest fleets, and Smart Fleet, which serves customers as small as one-truck owner-operators.

Smart Tech allows technicians to photograph tires that were replaced, plus unit numbers and truck license plates. These images are uploaded to a secure portal, where they can be viewed by customers.

“At any time during the process, both the fleet and servicing dealer can check the status of the service call,” noted Martinez.

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