Compulsory tire changes with shifting weather patterns may soon be a thing of the past. A new tire may just serve all weather conditions without drivers having to change them. German scientists have unveiled the world’s first ever “intelligent” all weather car tire. The “intelligent” tire is the work of researchers at Germany’s University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig. The tire can automatically adapt itself to the prevailing weather conditions even when in use. The new innovation is the latest in a line of many others in motoring. Nissan two years ago built a team of small robots that can quickly navigate around obstacles using technology the company hopes to one day use in vehicles.
The potential for the tire technology is great. Many are the times drivers have been forced to change summer tires for winter tires. Others have been caught completely off guard by sudden shifts in weather. For individuals on a long journey, unpreparedness for unexpected weather changes can be irritating. The Leipzig university scientists may put this worry to rest with their “intelligent” tire. The development is led by Detlef Riemer and was unveiled at the 2012 Hanover Fair.
According to Riemer, modern drivers are stuck with tires that compromise between breaking and fuel consumption. As such, drivers must always ponder how to manage all sorts of weather conditions, let alone the fact that tires can’t be changed on a moving vehicle. The “adaptive tire” features electronic sensors that detect all sorts of terrain and weather conditions. The tire reacts accordingly to un-tarmacked or motorway roads and whether they are dry, wet or with snow. The sensors automatically raise or widen tire profiles to deal with the detected changes. With these technological developments, futuristic self driving cars could become a reality very soon.
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