The creation of fully autonomous vehicles is now being worked on by manufacturers from all over the world. They are competing to be the first to market with totally autonomous cars, to put it another way. Robotaxis, or driverless taxis, are an idea that many countries are experimenting with. But now that they are a reality, driverless vehicles also require tyres made specifically for them. After all, if a tyre blows out or loses all of its air pressure in an autonomous vehicle, no one will be present to change it. They therefore require self-sustaining tyres. They require high-tech, self-driving tyres for this reason. Continental is driving this technological transformation. Let’s start by discussing the benefits of autonomous automobiles.
ADVANTAGES OF SELF-DRIVING CARS
Driverless cars will drastically reduce the number of accidents on the road. Human mistake is the primary cause of accidents, and this is true both abroad and in the UAE. Automation will thereby increase workplace safety. Less injuries will result from accidents if there are fewer of them. As a result, this will help people save money in the long run while easing the pressure on hospitals. Studies show that they will also reduce commuting times, reduce traffic, and increase gas efficiency.
For a moment, let’s go back to Continental.
Technology for tyre monitoring is already available. One such example of a sophisticated piece of technology that aids drivers in keeping track of their tyres is tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). However, Continental goes a step further with its C.A.R.E.TM system. With this technology, tyres will also be able to fix themselves. Through sensors incorporated into the tread, vital information for the tyre’s operation is supplied. There will be displays for temperature and tyre pressure. Additionally, possible tyre damage will be shown.
Of course there is much to think about. Continental tyres are supplied with air pumps that can be used to add air as necessary. The following advantages of self-driving, intelligent tyres have been demonstrated:
- Reduce Operating Costs
- Require Less Maintenance
- Improve Road Safety
- Prevent Accidents
- Improve Tire Durability
- Less Rolling Resistance
- Help Fight Climate Change
SELF-SUSTAINING TIRES – MYTH OR REALITY?
It’s possible that you think the aforementioned tyres are still a ways off. The reality, however, is different from what is generally believed. Robotaxis and other vehicles are already being used by many tyre firms to test these tyres. You may be sure that when that time comes, there will be autonomous tyres available for fully automated automobiles. Other tyre manufacturers’ tyres have similar features to those provided by Continental. Examples include Michelin’s Self-seal Technology’s capacity for self-repair. Instead of sensors or other cutting-edge technology, a sealant is used to permanently seal the interior of a tyre. Customers can purchase the Goodyear ReCharge tyre, which offers equivalent advantages.