Latest Tire Technology

Posted on 13 March 2011 by Tony Santos

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Are you tired of frequently replacing your tires? Maybe you would want to considers some of today’s latest tire technologies. Its not just save your money on tire replacement but also provides you more protection on the road and better fuel economy.

Self-inflating tire technology

Imagine a tire that doesn’t require regular air pressure checks or need to be refilled with compressed air. This type of tire maintains a constant pressure over its lifetime and has already been developed. These new tires don’t need a power source to maintain proper inflation – instead, air is forced through a special pump built into the tire as the wheel spins.

An underinflated tire can shred while the vehicle is being driven and increase the risk of an accident. Underinflated tires also wear more quickly and decrease fuel efficiency. Maintaining the right tire pressure with a self-inflating tire can help eliminate such risks.

No-air tire technology

Developers are also working on tires that don’t contain air, but instead have injection-molded spokes.
Such tires, like the Tweel, feature a longer-lasting tread and can be retreaded so they never go flat. They also eliminate the need to haul a spare tire and offer improved handling to drivers. Manufacturers also benefit since no-air tires require fewer parts to assemble. While this new tire technology is still in its early stages of development, you can expect to see the new tires rolled out first on military vehicles and then consumer vehicles within the next 15-20 years.

Low rolling resistance tire technology

Several tire manufacturers are focusing their efforts on developing new tires with a low rolling resistance. This means there’s less friction between the tire and the road. This reduced friction also means your car doesn’t have to work as hard to operate – leading to improved fuel efficiencies and increased savings for you. Many low rolling resistance tires offer these benefits without sacrificing performance, like traction on wet surfaces. Such tire technology has become standard on electric car models and industry experts expect this to grow in popularity throughout the automotive industry.

Source: egmCarTech.com

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