Over the past year, researchers at Goodyear have been developing a new ‘Air Maintenance Technology’ application that could lead to fuel savings and CO2 reductions, while improving performance and eliminating the need for pumps. The self-inflating technology is making its debut at the 2012 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany.
More than 50% of truck and trailer breakdowns involve a tire, so this new technology will benefit commercial vehicle fleet operators. It allows tires to maintain constant, optimum pressure without the use of external pumps, electronics and driver intervention.
It is estimated that for every 10 psi lost in tire inflation, there is a 1% loss in miles per gallon. Also, tires that are under inflated by 10% decrease tread life by 9-16%. Proper tire inflation results in improved fuel economy, prolonged tread life, and optimized tire performance.