Tener to present on tire design for autonomous vehicles at 2016 Clemson Tire Conference

Smithers Rapra business development manager presents "Tire Design and Selection Implications for Autonomous Vehicles" at this year's global tire conference.

(Akron, OH) – Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, announced today that Dean Tener, Business Development Manager, Tire Testing, will speak at the Clemson Tire Conference to be held on Hilton Head Island, April 13-15. Tener’s presentation, “Tire Design and Selection Implications for Autonomous Vehicles,” is included in Session 3: Tire Industry Outlook: Regulatory, Legislative, and Economic on April 14 from 8:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tener will present on the implications of changes to vehicle powertrains and vehicle interactions with the road as controls transition to different levels of autonomy. The presentation will cover potential considerations for tire design and selection for self-driving vehicles and how tire performance can meet changing expectations.

“The developments in technology related to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have, to date, primarily focused on safety and convenience features,” said James Popio, Vice President, North America. “With our extensive expertise in tire development and testing, we see numerous factors that affect what will be needed from tires in order to ensure safety in these future vehicles. It’s an honor to have Dean present these considerations to such an esteemed audience.”

Dean Tener has over 30 years of experience in the research, design and testing sectors of the automotive industry. Prior to joining Smithers, he led testing on tire and wheel systems at General Motors, was a senior engineer at Honda R&D Americas and worked on tire development at Bridgestone.

Founded in 1985, the Clemson Tire Conference is an annual meeting in South Carolina that focuses on developments throughout the fields of tire design, research and manufacturing. Professionals involved with tire production and tire materials are invited to the conference made up of professional presentations and networking events.

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About Smithers Rapra:

Smithers Rapra has been a trusted partner of the plastics and rubber industries for over 90 years. Our business is built around delivering a complete portfolio of rubber and plastic testing services to support a wide range of industry sectors including tire, automotive, polymer products, oil and gas, medical device, pharmaceutical, transport, packaging, industrial, and consumer products. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers’ goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products. Please visit www.smithersrapra.com.

About The Smithers Group:

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Visicient. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group, the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers’ goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit www.smithers.com.

You can reach the Smithers Rapra North America office at:
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Akron, Ohio 44303
Telephone: 330-762-7441
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