Continental and SHARE NOW Denmark are broadening their partnership. The move follows a successful collaboration between the two companies as part of a pilot project on tread depth monitoring for the car-sharing service’s fleet that is set to run until mid-2022. In the future, SHARE NOW Denmark will have a Conti360° Solutions contract in place to handle all tire management for its fleet of around 700 vehicles. Close to 65 per cent of these are electrically powered, while 35 per cent have a combustion engine.
“The high level of trust in the partnership and the positive results we’ve obtained convinced us to place tire management for our vehicles in the hands of Continental. This will allow us to focus on our core business with new mobility concepts in the knowledge that our fleet of vehicles is being kept up and running,” says Morten Jakobsen, CEO of SHARE NOW Denmark. “Continental’s many years of experience and extensive network of service partners have allowed it to address our particular requirements and deliver a tailored tire and service concept for our fleet. Continental is a partner who understands us.”
Continental will be supplying long-lasting, safe, fuel-efficient premium tires and services to SHARE NOW Denmark as part of its new Conti360° Solutions contract. The vehicles will be fitted with AllSeasonContact tires, which were purpose-developed for all-year-round urban use in temperate weather conditions. Tire pressure readings are taken in real-time using sensors. This data is relayed directly to the SHARE NOW Denmark Head of Operations via the cloud, enabling them to view the condition of the tires on the vehicles at all times and take any action necessary. “The permanent availability of data enables us to carry out fleet management quickly and cost-effectively,” explains Steen Herløv Andersen, Head of Operations at SHARE NOW Denmark. “Low tire pressure causes higher rolling resistance leading to decreased battery range and tire wear.
Both are bad news for us – from an environmental and cost perspective. Also, we avoid nervous customers driving in cars with a blinking warning light that indicates low tire pressure.” The Conti360° Fleet Solutions contract allowed the car-sharing provider to put together a customized service package and capitalize on the benefits available – from selecting and fitting the correct tires, to the training program for employees and data-driven tire monitoring.
Since the pilot project began in late 2020, Continental has also successfully demonstrated real-time tread depth monitoring on vehicles in the SHARE NOW Denmark fleet. Partnering with telematics specialist Questar, the premium tire manufacturer has combined information from tire sensors and telemetry data for vehicles in the fleet with a specially developed algorithm in the cloud. As a result, Continental is able to predict tire tread depth with a high degree of accuracy. “We are the first to market with a solution that can offer precise tread depth monitoring using an algorithm,” says Tansu Isik, Head of Business Development and Global Marketing at Continental Tires. “It is accurate to within one millimetre, which sets a new benchmark for smart, digital tire solutions. Many fleet customers are already taking advantage of our comprehensive 360° Solutions portfolio with guaranteed mileages and a full range of tire services accessible anytime, anywhere.
SHARE NOW can already see the fruits of its collaboration with Continental. “Once the test phase has been successfully completed in March 2022, the aim is to adopt tread depth monitoring for the whole fleet when possible,” says Steen Herløv Andersen, Head of Operations at SHARE NOW Denmark. Continental is working together with selected fleet customers such as SHARE NOW to demonstrate how tires, sensors, telemetry data, algorithms and the cloud can be interconnected to create added value for the customer. The resulting smart, digital solutions will help to ensure that, in the future, it will be possible to carry out tire maintenance or replacement exactly when required. This will enable customers to boost the safety and productivity of their fleets significantly at the same time as cutting costs.