Tyre manufacturer Continental has developed a new tire pressure sensor that is capable of reading tire pressure, load and tread depth, helping keep drivers safer.
The new Continental Future tire tread sensors have been designed to alert drivers whenever their tyres become unsafe if the tread is run down below a tire-specific value.
Once the tires are unsafe the on-board electrical system alerts the driver that a tire change is due, and the tire sensors will be fitted directly underneath the tread of the tire. Continental explains a little more about their latest creation.
“For this completely new type of electronic tread depth detection, Continental engineers draw on a tire’s gradually changing rolling characteristics over a longer period of time. Tire and electronics developers conducted an intensive series of tests that allowed the basic data to be fed into the electronics of future vehicles.
The specifics of the tires’ altered rolling characteristics are compared with the accumulated empirical data. If the tread is run down to below a tire-specific threshold value, the on-board electrical system signals that a tire change is due.
Continental is working with carmakers all over the world to further expand the range of features that in-tire pressure sensors can provide.”
Continental first introduced tire pressure sensors back in 2002 and for more information on the new Future tire tread sensors jump over to the Continental website for details.
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