The Future of Tire Technology
Tire technology has advanced in a major way over the course of the last couple of decades. Even though you might not be aware of the progress of major tire companies, even more changes have taken place with regards to niche tire technology. However, these rare instances that are outlined further in the text, may well be looking at entering the waters of the mainstream any time now.
Years back, this might’ve sounded like a piece of a sci-fi movie, even though this technology has been around for a while now – only not in mainstream use. Self-inflating tires have seen a ton of success when it comes to heavy machinery, military vehicles, including the Humvee, and therefore have seen a stroke of mainstream success in its civilian counterpart – the Hummer. Each tire comes equipped with sensors that are sensitive to tire pressure. At the moment the pressure gets too low, a valve is released, which causes deflation. The way the Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) works is outlined further: an electronic control unit is tasked with monitoring tire pressure every 10 minutes and is in direct communication with the pneumatic control unit. This unit controls the air source and a valve which supplies the user with control of inflation and deflation.
Tires that Change Color
One of the main issues when it comes to tires, is knowing when they’re up for replacement. Yes, you can easily look at the tire thread in order to check the tire’s life, but this is extremely difficult to perform on a mounted one. What Discolor Tire has to offer is knowing at all times when it’s replacing time. Once it’s new, the tire is in no way different than your regular model. However, as it’s going through wear and tear, the Discolor Tire an orange rubber, concealed inside, starts to appear. This simple, yet useful technological advance has made checking tires significantly easier. Once it gets below the legal level of wear and tear, the orange thread is quite visible and obvious, enough for any authority figure to notice. In this way, drivers are encouraged to (or perhaps scared into it) do the necessary tire maintenance.
Even though this may sound whacky (as I am quite sure it does), we assure you that we didn’t make it up. Yes, a group of German scientists have in fact come up with a process which creates rubber from roots of dandelion. This eco-friendly innovation offers switching from obtaining rubber from rubber trees, to harvesting it from the roots of the mentioned plant. Quite more impervious to weather conditions than the rubber trees, this type of tire can help turn the rubber-making process, as well as the tires themselves significantly greener.
Consisting of a solid hub, flexible polyurethane spokes and an outer tread band, this interesting idea has been in use for maintenance vehicles for quite a while now. Instead of air, this type of tire uses the spokes to absorb the force of road impact. This innovative technology offers high lateral strength and can last as much as thrice longer than your regular tire. Special tread patterns are used to limit hydroplaning, while remaining an eco-friendly choice. However, these are still not ready for mainstream use, seeing as how the current models make for more friction than your regular tire. Despite this, airless tires still remain useful for Segways, mine-detecting vehicles, as well as wheelchairs.
Okay, these tires do not really miraculously regenerate, per se. Instead, they come equipped with a second layer of tread, which is exposed after the first one succumbs to use. Extending the life of a tire by as much as 30%, this could end up saving the drivers a whole lot of money. These were just a couple of exciting new ideas to show you what to expect in the future of the tire world. Tyreright has a plethora of other interesting examples to occupy the free time of all of you motor heads out there.
Guest post by Oscar Waterworth. Oscar Waterworth is a tech enthusiast and a writer from Sydney. He spends his free time reading and writing about new trends in business and technology. He is a proud father of two kids and blogging is not his day job. If you want to get to know Oscar better, you can follow him on Twitter.