With all of the new cars being revealed at the Geneva motor show today, it’s easy to overlook some interesting developments in other technology. Νow it’s the turn of Goodyear Dunlop to make headlines, with a tyre that “talks” to the car in order to improve performance.
The car receives information such as tyre pressure, temperature and even what type of tyre it is, allowing it to refine its systems to offer the best performance in terms of cornering, braking and stability.
Goodyear Dunlop, which is displaying the Chip-in-tyre technology as a concept at the 2014 Geneva motor show, says that improvements include reduced stopping distances when the ABS is activated, improved yaw stability and a better response from stability control systems.
“Today’s advanced vehicle control systems can greatly benefit from tyre specific information”, says Marc Engel, Senior Engineer at Goodyear Dunlop. “We have always understood that when we were able to gather this information, we could deliver new levels of driving performance to the car. Today we are showcasing a first concrete step in that direction as we begin to translate the wealth of information received by the tyre back to improving and enhancing the overall driving experience – it is a major step forward.”
Advantages of the chip being embedded in the tyre, rather than on the rim such as current tyre pressure monitoring systems, include that it is protected from any damage that might be caused when the tyre is being fitted.
The manufacturer claims that the technology is very much in the development stage, and that no specific launch date is planned.