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SmartTire makes sense
Another example of automotive technology bred on the racetrack, SmartTire is a tyre monitoring system that immediately alerts the driver of any drop in pressure via a dash-mounted display. Each wheel is equipped with a sensor that sends data to the display/receiver unit using a wireless radio frequency. The system is able to detect a slight drop in pressure and will sound an audible alert, indicating the problem tyre, when this falls below a designated level. If the puncture is more serious so is the warning - flashing lights and repetitive audible warnings indicate that the tyre is deflating rapidly and it's time to pull-over before doing serious damage to the wheel.
Apart from the obvious safety benefits of this constant monitoring - proposed laws in the US will make pressure monitoring devices mandatory on new vehicles - the device also makes it easier to gain optimum performance and longer life from tyres. SmarTire is available with either basic or full function display panels and the sensors can be mounted on the valve stem or strapped directly to the wheel. According to distributors Autron, a version for motorcycles is also due for release soon.
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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