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Researchers on cusp of creating "intelligent tire'

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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—The technology of imbedding a sensor in a tire to help prevent an auto accident could be just around the corner.

That's the opinion of Saied Taheri, director of the Center for Tire Research at Virginia Tech University. Mr. Taheri, an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineer Department at the university, discussed “intelligent tires” in his keynote address April 22 at the ACS Rubber Division's spring technical meeting and education symposium in Fairlawn.

Mr. Taheri told the group progress is being made in developing and implementing tire- and vehicle-related sensory systems and control algorithms that will detect changes in pavement condition, traffic patterns, speed and distance from other vehicles. With China and India primed to increase the number of vehicles on the road significantly—China alone is expected to add 500 million to 600 million vehicles by the year 2020—that technology will be important in the interest of drivers' safety.

“We live in an age of Google, Facebook, smart phones,” said Mr. Taheri, adding: “These devices let us sleep on our couches and stay connected to the world.” He also told the symposium audience that “data will be a critical component of the future.”

Before joining Virginia Tech, Mr. Taheri worked at Goodyear from 1998-2007.
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