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Goodyear: Shortly Never Need To Inflate Your Tires Again

25
September
2012
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  New Products Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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Good news for lazy people like me. Checking for your tire pressure on a motorcycle is a thing that you must do on a very regular basis. Under or over tire pressure not only can cost you more petrol, but is very unsafe. But it's a hassle to check the tire pressure. Knowing myself and my laziness, I've even installed a wireless tire pressure system on my BMW, but I haven't been able to do it on the Ducati. And I usually don't check it.... bad boy!

Well, for people like me, Goodyear Open link in a new window is coming with a solution that is heaven sent. It's a totally self-contained self-inflating tire technology called Goodyear's Air Maintenance Technology Open Goodyear link in a new window (AMT). This very smart system sits inside the tire, and is not connected in any shape to the vehicle, so no pumps, hoses or wires.

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Inside the tire is a regulator system that checks the tire pressure. If it gets too low, it opens up a valve to the outside air into a pumping tube. The air is pushed through this tube to the tire itself via an inlet valve. It uses the kinetic energy from the tire deformation while it rolls over the road (so it's only used when driving).

The bad news is that the invention is going to be used initially for commercial trucks, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this system roll out (pun intended) to all their tires. So hopefully in a few years, motorcycle can be equipped with this self-inflating system. I sure hope so.

For more info on the Goodyear AMT, click here Open For more info on the Goodyear AMT, click here link in a new window

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Via: Gizmag



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