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Yokohama Unveils AI-Based Tire Development System

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Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. has developed a proprietary system that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) "to predict the values of key tire characteristics," according to company officials. 

The company began using the system last month and expects that it will be able to "conduct a large number of virtual experiments" in order to accelerate new tire development, reduce product development costs and "develop better-performing tires. The system also will make it easier for less-experienced engineers to develop new tire designs."

The system was developed under Yokohama Rubber’s new AI utilization concept, HAICoLab, which was launched in October 2020. It uses AI to predict values for key tire characteristics based on data input by tire designers, "including specifications-related data for such key tire design parameters as structure and shape, the physical properties of compounds and other material-related data."

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