The project was awarded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a public/private partnership between UK government and engineering and energy companies such as BP, Caterpillar, Rolls-Royce and Shell. Horiba MIRA was formed last year following the acquisition of MIRA (originally the Motor Industry Research Association) by Horiba Group, a Japanese manufacturer of testing and measuring equipment.
In the first stage of the Rolling Resistance Optimisation System (RROS) ETI project Horiba MIRA is expected to “identify and evaluate potential technological solutions suitable for a wide range of heavy-duty vehicles including lorries, construction and agricultural vehicles. There is the potential for a further £750,000 to be invested by ETI on the most promising technologies.
“Operating tyres at the correct pressure is critical to both the safe and efficient operation of a vehicle but the correct pressure can be different depending on the ground contact conditions and the type of road surface,” said Deborah Stubbs, ETI Project Manager.
“The aim of this project is to design, develop and demonstrate an innovative system that can optimise the tyre operating pressure for any given condition which will help to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by around 8% and can be suitable for existing vehicles. The project’s key aims include a system that is cheap to install and operate but provides automatic pressure control, making driver intervention unnecessary.”
“Horiba MIRA brings an independent technology view to the project with the aim of finding the right technology to achieve the identified goals,” says Horiba MIRA Chief Engineer Jim Hopton. “This type of project could only be progressed by an umbrella organisation such as the ETI whose goals are not primarily commercial.”
About HORIBA MIRA
HORIBA MIRA is a global provider of pioneering engineering, research and test services to the automotive, defence, aerospace and rail sectors. We work in close collaboration with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers around the world, providing comprehensive support ranging from individual product tests to turnkey engineering design, development and build programmes.
With over 70 years’ experience in developing some of the world’s most iconic vehicles, our engineers utilise the latest test facilities and simulation tools to make vehicles and journeys safer, cleaner, more efficient and rewarding. Our suite of 37 major test facilities, 100km of specialised proving ground and wealth of engineering experience, combined with our expanding international presence, means we are confident that we can achieve our vision – that by 2020 every journey in the world will be positively influenced by us.
Progress towards achieving our vision has been significantly accelerated through the creation of MIRA Technology Park, Europe’s largest transport technology R&D cluster. By applying our advanced engineering, test and validation capabilities to our customers’ challenging programmes, we are already shaping journeys of the future.
Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, the HORIBA Group is a global leading supplier of measurement technology and systems for various fields from automotive testing, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology to scientific R&D and QC measurements.