Continental is celebrating one million tires measured in the U.S. and Canada with its Bluetooth-enabled digital inspection tool, ContiTrack2.
The tool and associated software program identify and track a commercial tire’s tread wear and tire pressure in real time. Used by Continental sales representatives and dealers since 2012, it delivers actionable recommendations for fleets to reduce their cost-per-mile and improve tire run-out and performance. The ContiTrack2 tool is part of Continental’s suite of solutions for delivering a fleet’s Lowest Overall Driving Cost.
Unlike manual air pressure gauges, which are often inaccurate, the ContiTrack2 digital tool is highly accurate and consistent. Tread depth, air pressure, mismatched dual tires, and irregular wear are digitally tracked, photographed, and analyzed in Continental’s password-protected cloud-based software. Using a connected iPhone, iPad, or Android device, the data is immediately formatted into reports with actionable insights to reduce a fleet’s overall tire costs, prevent costly downtime, and improve safety. Fleets have instant access to their tire data, unlike manual inspections which may take hours or even days to be relayed back.
“Equipping our sales representatives with the latest technology has always been a priority for Continental,” said Tom Fanning, Continental’s vice president of sales and marketing for commercial vehicle tires in North America. “When a Continental representative visits a fleet, they are ready to provide strategic recommendations to help that fleet lower their tire costs.”
In addition to identifying tires which are under-inflated or have low tread depth, reports also include a summary of potential dollars lost through under-inflation resulting in reduced fuel efficiency or through premature removal. Mismatched duals are identified, and solution mapping is provided so the fleet can resolve the mismatch. Forecast projections help a fleet plan for upcoming tire needs based on their own replacement practices. Scrap tire analysis can also be performed, giving the fleet a clear report on why tires were removed from service and calculating the monetary losses of the casing and remaining tread value.
“ContiTrack2 has been an indispensable tool for us over the last five years to help our fleet customers reach their lowest overall driving cost,” said Paul Williams, Continental’s executive vice president of commercial vehicle tires in the Americas region. “With this data, fleets have been able to extend the life of their tires, reduce fuel consumption, and decrease the likelihood of roadside breakdowns. It has also demonstrated the performance of our tires over time.”
In addition to ContiTrack2, which ensures accurate and actionable tire data from fleet inspections, Continental offers a full portfolio of digital tire monitoring systems which fleets can use on a daily basis to reduce their tire costs.