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Michelin buys Pittsburgh tech company

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The French tire manufacturer Michelin recently bought RoadBotics, based in Pittsburgh, which specializes in the analysis of road infrastructure images.

“This new acquisition is part of Michelin’s growth strategy around tires,” said Lorraine Frega, Managing Director Distribution, Services and Solutions, Strategy, Innovation and Partnerships of the Michelin Group. “With the acquisition of RoadBotics, Michelin is strengthening its expertise in artificial intelligence, at the service of smarter and safer mobility. Combining its unique knowledge of tyre/vehicle usage, driving behavior analysis and Roadbotics computer vision expertise, Michelin is enriching its portfolio of service offerings and solutions for road managers by helping them to optimize and secure road networks.

RoadBotics uses artificial intelligence to analyze visual data collected on roads by cameras. The images are used to help road managers identify priority maintenance areas.

The company’s technology will help MICHELIN DDi (Driving Data to Intelligence), a data and driving behavior analysis group, to develop the services and solutions it already offers.

RoadBotics’ computer vision expertise combined with MICHELIN’s DDi knowledge will provide unique insights into the causes of near-misses based on driving behavior, Michelin said.

The company said decisions would be easier, faster and more relevant, and road safety management would be more efficient.

The service will first be available in North America before launching in Europe.