Tire Technology

New Pirelli tires connect to the 5G network

Pirelli's P Zero Trofeo tires are part of the company's Perfect Fit product development strategy.

Photo courtesy of Pirelli

Pirelli is the first company in the world to transmit the information collected from smart times via a 5G network. During a display of the technology at The 5G Path of Vehicle-to-Everything Communication event, the tire transmitted information about the road surface and the risk of hydroplaning via the network.

The tire is the only point of contact between a vehicle and the road. The manufacturer aims to have its technology in the Pirelli Cyber Tire be able to relay information about road infrastructure, distance driven, dynamic load, and the dangers of the road surface in real time to the car the tires are on. In turn, the car will be able to adapt the way it drives given that information.

Pirelli 5G tireGraphic courtesy of Pirelli

Current technology allows sensors and cameras on a car to read the road ahead and adjust the suspension accordingly. Rolls-Royce employs this technology to allow for a smooth Magic Carpet Ride in its Cullinan and Lincoln has similar technology in the Aviator.

Pirelli sees the technology as having the potential to be part of a larger communication context with regard to the larger space of transportation and the future of mobility solutions and autonomous driving. It would could potentially relay information vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) as more vehicles become connected to the network.

As part of the demonstration, Pirelli also showed off its Italia Track Adrenaline tire, which is designed for track days. The P Zero Trofeo tires that are part of the time are fitted with sensors that monitor tire pressure and temperature in real time. Software combines those measurements with telemetric data giving drivers detailed information about conditions that may effect their on-track performance.

The Cyber Tire and Italia Track Adrenaline line are part of Pirelli's larger Perfect Fit product development strategy which sees the company develop tailor made products and services to meet the needs of carmakers, fleets, and drivers with an eye toward the future.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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New Razor scooter

Is this two-wheeled Jeep scooter for you?

The Razor Jeep scooter features air-filled tires and a 12-mph top speed.

RAzor

Jeep is an iconic brand with dedicated fans from every corner of the globe. Its name recognition makes for interesting collaborations with other brands, so this new Jeep RX200 scooter from Razor is especially exciting. The scooter is part of Razor's adult line, which is growing quickly with new products in 2022.

Razor Jeep RX200 ScooterJeep-themed grip tape comes standard.Jeep

Wearing the Jeep name brings expectations of off-road prowess, so the Razor scooter offers 8-inch air-filled tires. It's powered by a 200-watt motor and 24-volt battery that deliver a top speed of over 12 mph and up to 40 minutes of ride time. The throttle is a twist-grip system, and a rear disc brake helps slow things down. Though it may seem childish, this is no kids toy. It can carry a max weight of up to 154 pounds, and is rated for ages 18 and up.

Razor Jeep RX200 ScooterThe scooter gets full-LED headlights.Razor

The Jeep RX200 scooter is available in Army Green, and comes with Jeep-themed rubber grip tape, a retractable kickstand, and dual-LED headlights. The scooter is available now on Razor.com for $499, which is expensive but far from the company's priciest model. Some of Razor's flagship models reach almost $1,000, which makes the Jeep scooter look like a bargain.

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