'Smart' tires can warn of impending flat


By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - An experimental tire can sense damage and warn drivers of a potential flat, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday, offering the latest advance in "smart" car technology. Manufacturers already make tires that can warn drivers when tire pressure is too low but researchers at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, have found a way to make the whole tire into a type of sensor. "What we have is a multilayer of different materials on the ...

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