HANOVER, Germany—Continental A.G. introduced two concept tires that are aimed at improving safety.
ContiAdapt combines micro-compressors integrated into the wheel to adjust the tire pressure with a variable-width rim. The system can modify the size of the contact patch, which under different road conditions is a decisive factor for both safety and comfort.
The patches allow four different combinations to adapt to wet, uneven, slippery and normal conditions.
"For example, a smaller contact patch combined with high tire pressure make for low rolling resistance and energy-efficient driving on smooth, dry roads," Continental said in a news release. "By contrast, the combination of a larger contact patch with lower tire pressure delivers ideal grip on slippery roads."