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The challenges of developing EV tires

Martin Winter, head development engineer at the Hankook European Technical Center, discusses how the growing market of electric vehicles has affected the tire development landscape

What is the role of government?

Independent tire consultant and failure analyst David Southwell debates whose responsibility it to is monitor tire safety

Worn over time

Walter assesses how to accurately predict tire wear – and concludes that a simpler, universally recognized technique is needed to replace current lab test machines

Gregory Smith

Making waves

Resident columnist Gregory Smith looks toward the future of driverless and autonomous cars and their effect on tire development

Flavio Farroni, researcher at the University of Naples

Modular simulation

Flavio Farroni, researcher at the University of Naples, discusses recent breakthroughs at the university spin-off company MegaRide, which is focused on applied vehicle research and works closely with the vehicle dynamics group at the Italian university. 

Growth potential

Amey Amanaji, automotive and transportation research expert at Markets & Markets, foresees global growth in the OE segment due to an increase in vehicle parc

Simple plans

Walter believes a cordless injection-molded tire could be commercially viable with new materials

Gregory Smith

Cutting corners

Smith considers how to semi-populate a tire model with a reduced data set – and how useful the results would be

The right combination

Terry Gettys, executive VP of R&D at Michelin, eyes a sustainable future, underlining the group’s aim to recycle 100% of scrap tires into new products

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