Tyres That Can Regulate It Own Pressure While In Motion Have Been Invented
This tyre technology is the product of some clever engineering and electronic integration by Continental AG – the world’s fourth-largest tyre manufacturer.
Continental’s PressureBoost technology uses air to rapidly adapt the tyre pressures to various driving situations. This changes the tyre from an out of control variable to dynamically monitored part of the driving experience.
Besides the practical applications for efficient driving Continental believes there is a potential to also boost a car’s performance.
In terms of fuel economy, this technology will go a long way to ensure fuel efficiency of car that they are fitted on.
According to recent studies, a tyre underinflated by 7.5 psi can result in a 2.8% decrease in fuel economy. Sources further suggest that over 25% of cars on the road have improperly inflated tyres.
To increase fuel efficiency Continental’s new tyre can monitor several critical parameters including tread depth, tyre integrity, and tyre pressure. Continental calls this technology suite C.A.R.E. which stands for Connected, Autonomous, Reliable, Electrified. This complex system allows Continental’s tyre to report critical data as well as monitor tyre pressure to keep it within the correct parameters.
To regulate tyre pressure Continental uses a centrifugal pump built into the wheel. This pump uses the spinning force of the wheel to increase the tyre air pressure and keep the tyre within the proper inflation spec.
Continental believes this new connected tyre technology will allow for more efficient vehicles leading to an appreciable drop in CO2 emissions.
This technology will be particularly useful for companies to eventually manage autonomous fleets of vehicles where a driver is not able to monitor the health of tyres. This smart tyre will not only help to keep cars safer but lead to more efficient fleets of vehicles.
The innovative Continental’s PressureBoost tyre technology was showcased at this year’s Frankfurt Autoshow.