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A smart tyre means better roadholding

Development rarely stands still: certainly not in the field of car tyres. TNO asked ZTI to build a 'carlab' so that they could test car tyre behaviour under differing conditions.

Wireless sensors can be used to track the exact performance of the tyre and how it holds the road. The relatively small contact area between tyre and road surface does, of course, have a great influence on the performance of the car. So it is hardly surprising that there is a lot of investment and innovation in this area.

By measuring what the tyre does when subjected to extreme manoeuvres, the car's driving performance can be adjusted and optimised immediately. The tyre 'tells' the car which processes (ABS, traction control etc.) it needs to activate to deliver the required driving performance.

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