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Shape memory frames with built-in snow chain!

Shape memory frames with built-in snow chain!

South Korean company Hyundai has unveiled tire technology using a shape memory alloy, which allows for snow chain integration. By protruding, small units placed on the tread output on a simple electrical signal. This revolutionary system will ensure better grip on the ground and make driving safer on snowy or icy roads.

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Hyundai announced that it has developed new tire technology with integrated snow chains. They are embodied by shape-memory alloy modules that are automatically deployed when the driver so desires.

The South Korean manufacturer has developed a frame that directly integrates a memory alloy snow chain. In fact, six small units are integrated directly into the tire tread, and then act like traditional chains when the driver presses a button. An electrical current is then sent to the exiting units, thus forming a system of snow chains around the tire.

The technology developed by Hyndai Motor involves a snow chain that uses a shape memory alloy. © Hyundai Motor Group

Simplifying driving for motorists in winter

This system is supposed to ensure tire grip on snowy or icy ground. The idea is obviously to simplify driving in winter conditions, by avoiding having to constantly install and uninstall chains on your tires depending on the road conditions.

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Compared with traditional chains, this system has the advantage of not requiring installation. It can be turned on or off at any time. On the other hand, these smartly shaped alloy units are designed to stand up to time and last longer than traditional snow chains. Hyundai plans to start producing these smart tires once the technology is perfected.

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In recent years, tire manufacturers have also used ingenuity to make life easier for motorists. Soon, for example, a regular check-up may no longer be necessary Tire air pressure, thanks to new technology that allows it to be kept at a constant level, completely automatically. In general, tires are a real hub of technology, containing more and more built-in sensors but also, sometimes, RFID tags that facilitate their traceability.