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The Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation (GCAPS), in collaboration with Coast Mountain Bus Company and TransLink, helped to select tires for the City of Vancouver in an effort to improve their public transit system. Several types of tires were examined, including ones suitable for buses and standard passenger vehicles, and those rated by performance.

GCAPS performed and coordinated a comparative analysis utilizing dynamic, static, and geometric tests of numerous tire sizes, constructions, and manufacturers. The comparative analysis consisted of selecting top-performing tires based on customers’ preference for vehicle attributes such as fuel economy, ride comfort, and stopping distance. This project enabled the City of Vancouver to select the best-balanced tire for fuel efficiency, durability, and drivability.