Toyota C-HR: connected by tyres
The C-HR is the new generation crossover from Japanese car manufacturer Toyota. Developed to be environmentally friendly, all operational aspects have been thought through to improve its efficiency. Starting with its connected tyres!
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If this crossover is still at the prototype stage, it is a forerunner to replace the current RAV 4. Toyota announces "an agile and engaging drive" while stating that the selected engine is an HSD hybrid. The engine is probably based on the one that equips the Auris and Prius.
The implemented technological solutions are said to be innovative and revolutionary. Just like the tyres, developed jointly with tyre manufacturer Goodyear.
Also at the prototype stage, this tyre aims to be proactive for the vehicle's energy efficiency, notably with the recovery of kinetic energy. It is not yet known if it will operate in the same way as the KERS device found in Formula 1 but it is very likely that the tyre will have an integrated device. A solution that will provide energy that can be used to fuel the electric motor.
It is not yet known whether this type of connected tyre will be chosen for the market rollout, and if it is, in which timeframe. But this line of development opens new perspectives for the tyre, over and above its official functions in terms of safety.
The design of this Goodyear tyre, in the size 255/50 R21, has yet to be finalised.
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