Bridgestone invests in technology firm ClearMotion
Bridgestone Tire has made an undisclosed strategic investment in Woburn, Massachusetts based ClearMotion, Inc. (ClearMotion), a venture-backed technology company developing road sensing software and hardware that dramatically improves ride performance in cars.
With the investment, Bridgestone will have opportunities to integrate and leverage ClearMotion’s forward-looking technology to rapidly engineer new and innovative solutions for the automotive industry.
“Bridgestone has a long history of engineering best-in-class tyre and mobility solutions, and investing in ClearMotion is an opportunity to expand a technology area that is aligned with our solutions mindset and strategic growth plans,” said Bill Thompson, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Bridgestone Americas.
He further said, “We will be working with ClearMotion not only to advance the future of the digital, connected, autonomous car, but also to leverage our leadership in tyre, anti-vibration and air spring technology in order to deliver unparalleled ride comfort, safety and more advanced mobility solutions.”
ClearMotion designs and builds digital motion control systems, developed forward-looking technology called proactive ride. The system, with its proprietary software algorithms, makes traditional dampers intelligent and responsive, delivering dramatic improvements in comfort, performance and safety.
“We want to improve the quality of time in cars,” says Shakeel Avadhany, ClearMotion’s CEO and co-founder. “Innovation coming online now will change how we spend time on the road. ClearMotion delivers previously unachievable levels of comfort and safety combined with handling abilities beyond that of today’s sports cars. The vision for autonomy is to enable productivity on the road, but this is only achievable with a stable, comfortable ride.”