Tyre development and new tyre technologies continue to keep up with the advances in the vehicles to which they are fitted and at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Continental presented Conti C.A.R.E., a technology system that the company says is designed to bridge the gap between tyres of today and the requirements of electric and autonomous driving in the future.
Conti C.A.R.E. tyres feature sensors built into the structure of the tyre. These sensors generate and continuously evaluate data, such as tread depth, possible damage, tyre temperature and tyre pressure. This monitoring system, called ContiSense, transmits information on the condition of the tyres to ContiConnect Live, a web-based application, facilitating efficient mobility management for fleet operators. In turn, Continental says the same technology can be applied to personal vehicles, and the driver can be alerted to the tyre damage via the car owners’ phone.
The company says this type of technology can be implemented to assist in the self-inflation of a tyre, where the centrifugal forces within the wheel act as the pump to generate compressed air. This PressureProof technology keeps the tyre pressure constant within the ideal range by releasing compressed air in prevailing conditions, while any excess compressed air is stored in an integrated tank. This translates into the ability for the technology to adapt the tyre pressures constantly catering to different driving scenarios and conditions.
The link between Conti C.A.R.E, PressureProof technology and the requirements of electric and autonomous driving in both individual and shared mobility scenarios, means a more flexible system solution. Continental say that solution can provide tyre management for modern robo-taxi fleets, for example, boosting performance as well as helping to optimise costs.