Sunday 24 September 2017

5 futuristic tire technologies transforming the automotive industry

The technology behind tires in Dubai is changing at a light speed with arrival of new production procedures as a measure of safe driving. So far, the run-flat tires are going to rule in coming years bringing greater safety and allow drivers to drive even when the tire’s punctured. It removes the need to stop by and replace the tire while putting personal and vehicle safety at jeopardy.

The technology also reduced emission of carbon emission being eco-friendly. Cars with these run-flats no longer need to haul for a heavy spare. While the technology is in its initial phase, given below is a briefing of high-tech technologies pertinent to tires in Dubai transforming the very face of automotive industry so let’s review!

1. The tall & narrow
Citing an example of BMW i3; which is an all-electric compact city car but its wheels whop 19 inches in diameter. An interesting fact here is the size which wasn’t chosen to give the vehicle a sporty look; only the production models are equipped with these wheels, carrying far thinner tires. It saves energy allowing you to cover a greater distance with greater diameter. Being extra slim, they cut through air more efficiently and the aerodynamic factor prevents car drag.

2. The chip-in-a-tire
Tires are able to communicate with the car with a microchip being inserted into the rubber. The interaction between electronic control unit and anti-lock brakes allow the vehicle to steer per the road conditions. The battery-less chip is able to tell the car about the kind of tire fitted, relay air pressure and temperature thus achieving optimum performance for the brakes and cornering. All the reading will be displayed individually for better understanding. The chip is light enough not hampering the alignment and smooth drive.

3. The twin-air chamber
The concept is originally intended for the SUVs allowing the air chambers of tires in Dubai to split in two. The very idea is that if one pocket experiences puncture, drivers can continue moving on however at a reduced speed.
The two chambers are located side-by-side whereas the design benefit is that the wheel itself has a minor contact point with the road while these cavities are separated by a wide channel/groove. It’s claimed to reduce the tire’s weight as well as resistance to rolling and fuel consumption.

4. Self-inflation
The Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) is an electronic part into the tire that regulates air-pressure detecting air in the tire and when it needs to top-up. The technology eventually eliminates the need for drivers to inflate the wheels and fix puncture. Research also concluded that running tire under recommended pressure also impact fuel efficiency which will be a real breakthrough.

5. No-fossil tires
Replacement of synthetic rubber with natural alternative such as biomass-derived carbon black being an alternate to the conventional carbon black! The conventional tires in Dubai now would use more or less 60 percent synthetic material. Rather than fossil resources for rubber antioxidants, tire is produced through a unique process that utilises plant oil instead of rubber, silica and mineral oil.

Be sure your next tire is equipped with one or more features as listed above!


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