Perspective: Smart Tires

Some tire manufactures are developing “smart tires” that will be able to communicate the vehicle’s control system. This new autonomous technology will communicate with other vehicles and with smart transportation and roadway systems that many are predicting. In addition, one manufacturer, Goodyear, is working with a concept tire, Eagle 360, on a dodge ball type sphere that will connect to a vehicle magnetically and function more like a ball bearing does. We have come a long way from the first stone age wheels.

From a rules of the road perspective, we will probably see new standards as to what makes a tire safe and eliminate tread depth gauges as part of what mechanics have in their tool box.

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