FRANKFURT, Germany — The use of electrically conductive rubber and on-the-fly tire contact patch variations are among technologies Continental A.G. is showcasing at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, running through Sept. 24.
Continental said it considers both technology concepts — dubbed ContiSense and ContiAdapt — "promising solutions" for the mobility of the future as tires are adapted to meet the needs of automated driving and electrification.
Conti is showcasing the technologies at the Frankfurt gathering in a single concept tire that enables the benefits of both systems to be fully leveraged.
ContiSense uses electrically conductive rubber compounds that enable electric signals to be sent from a sensor in the tire to a receiver in the vehicle, Conti said, providing continuous tread-depth and temperature monitoring.
If the measured values are above or below predefined limits or if anything penetrates the tread, Conti said the system alerts the driver immediately.