Continental presents concept tire that adjusts to road conditions

September 13, 2017 by  
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When was the last time you checked the air pressure in your car tires ? Most of us don’t pay as much attention to our tires as we should, but Continental recently unveiled two technologies that could pay attention for us. One technology alerts drivers should a tire become damaged, and another could actually change the rim width and tire pressure for better driving on slippery or uneven roads. Continental is showing off their tire technologies, ContiSense and ContiAdapt, at the Frankfurt Motor Show . With the help of sensors embedded in the tire, ContiSense measures temperature and tread depth and then sends that data to a driver over Bluetooth to a smartphone or to a car receiver, with the help of electrically-conductive rubber . If a nail or something else punctures the tire, ContiSense is able to alert the driver far faster than other systems. Related: Continental Tire looks to dandelions for a more sustainable tire ContiAdapt takes a more active role in tire functionality. Micro-compressors in the wheel can adjust the tire pressure on their own, and the system can modify how large the contact patch is to optimize the tire for varying street conditions. There are four combinations so a tire can cruise easily in wet, slippery, uneven, or normal conditions. Continental says the system also allows for very low tire pressure when, for example, a car is navigating deep snow or black ice. Continental also has a concept tire featuring both technologies. This tire design boasts three different tread zones ideal for driving on surfaces that are wet, slippery, or dry. The tread zones are activated depending on the rim width and tire pressure chosen by ContiAdapt. New Atlas said the two technologies will soon be added to Continental’s portfolio, which includes ContiSeal, allowing for automatic sealing of holes, and ContiSilent, which reduces tire and road noise. Via New Atlas and Continental Images via Continental

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Weekday Vegetarian: Olive Salad Taverna

February 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter One of my favourite flavour combinations is olive and lemon . There is something about the mixture of salty and tart that I find endlessly appealing.

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The Devastating Cost of Coal: Interview with Dr. Paul Epstein (Video)

February 18, 2011 by  
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Earlier this week, Dr. Paul Epstein, associate director of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment, released the first-ever full life cycle analysis of the devastating costs of coal in the United States

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Racial Injustice in Food Production: Is the Income Gap an Accident?

February 18, 2011 by  
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Image: La Nueva Salamanca If you’re in the market for tortillas, buying from a local factory might sound like the most responsible choice, right? What if you knew that a worker (a 22-year-old new father) there had been killed by a dough-mixing machine, potentially because of unsafe factory-wide practices? Unless we’re buying directly from a local farmer, we don’t know any more about who ..

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