By Katherine Clarkson
The inventors of the worlds first Self-Inflating Tyre (SIT) are looking for partners to help bring the revolutionary tyres technology onto the roads.
Coda Development, which won the Tyres Technology of the Year Award earlier this year, needs suitable partners with sufficient resources and know-how to complete the research and development process.
The next step will then be to produce a prototype of the tyres to undergo on-road testing, according to the Czech firm.
The SIT system uses atmospheric air to inflate the tyre automatically when a vehicle is in motion, compensating for natural loss of pressure, thus ensuring maintenance-free, constant tyre pressure over the lifetime of the tyre.
And the big advantage for vehicle owners is it eliminates tyres pressure checks and the need to manually inflate tyres. It also helps to address the serious drawbacks of incorrect tyre pressure which causes pollution and costs money at the fuel pump.
Adam Gavine, editor of Tyre Technology International praised the SIT invention. He said: ‘It’s a fantastic technology, yet remains a simple, inexpensive solution designed to be manufacturer-friendly.
‘Production costs for incorporating this component will increase only marginally compared to regular tyres, but the benefits the technology provides are considerable.’