By Oliver Hall
The Sunday Mirror’s award winning motoring columnist Quentin Willson has picked up on the new Self-Inflating Tyre (SIT) that could revolutionise the tyres world.
He told readers in his weekly column: ‘Visits to the forecourt tyres pumps that never work could be a thing of the past. A Czech company has come jup with a self-inflating tyre that uses the wheels motion to pull air from the atmosphere and keep the tyre at a constant pressure.’
Created by the Czech firm Coda Development, the SIT system is designed to aid fuel economy and safety and it eliminates tyres pressure checks and the need to manually inflate tyres.
The invention scooped the tyres world equivalent of an Oscar last week – the Tyre Technology of the Year Award.
It also helps to address the serious drawbacks of incorrect tyre pressure which causes pollution and costs money at the fuel pump.
‘It’s a fantastic technology, yet remains a simple, inexpensive solution designed to be manufacturer-friendly,’ says Adam Gavine, editor of Tyre Technology International.
‘Production costs for incorporating this component will increase only marginally compared to regular tyres, but the benefits the technology provides are considerable.’
Coda Development plans to develop the system further into a proven production model in joint cooperation with partners from the automotive and tyre industries.