Aston University and RL Capital secure funding for KTP to extend their intelligent HGV Auto Align tyre and wheel offering to cars and vans.

RL Capital (RLC) develops intelligent tyre and wheel monitoring systems, reducing carbon and micro-particle vehicle emissions. Their new KTP with academics from Aston’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences will help develop the functionality of AutoAlign – a wheel alignment fault detection system – opening them up to a market 20x the size they currently operate in.

According to Aston’s website: “RLC’s strategy is to expand and commercialise a portfolio of novel automotive fault detection systems. The company has already developed and  commercialised real-time tyre/wheel condition monitoring systems: TACscan (predictive tyre tread wear) and TyreWatch (commercial vehicle tyre pressure monitoring) with which the company has an ongoing technology partnership with McLaren Applied”.

RLC is now looking to develop AutoAlign, and a KTP is the most appropriate approach, allowing RLC to access Aston’s expertise in signal processing, dynamics & MEMs and machine learning. 

Aston’s academic team will develop a novel, real-time wheel alignment fault detection system (AutoAlign for Cars & Vans) to deliver accurate fault detection of wheel misalignment, enabling drivers and fleet operators to reduce power consumption and minimise air pollution caused by excess exhaust emissions and tyre wear.

KTN‘s Knowledge Transfer Adviser on the project, Stephen Woodhouse commented: “The knowledge and skills embedded by the KTP project provide a firm foundation for a series of future innovations by RLC supporting the future of mobility. This is an area identified by the Industrial Strategy as one of the four Grand Challenges for the UK. It’s fantastic that the KTP scheme affords Mark and the team at RLC the opportunity to access world-class research expertise.  The project delivers critical industry scale-up in a number exciting new areas; simultaneously addressing urgent environmental pressures and a range of societal needs.”

More on the story is here. 

This project received funding from Innovate UK.

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