A revolutionary system that makes the traditional process of installing snow chains completely unnecessary is what Hyundai and Kia want to bring to the real world soon.
Everyone knows how painful it can be snow chain installation procedure when circumstances dictate. Hyundai and Kia are trying to eliminate this very need today by developing a simple in concept, but innovative, chain system integrated in the wheel bearing the… obvious name Snow Chain-Integrated Tire Technology.
Korean technology uses aluminum pieces with “shape memory” located inside the wheel and tire. These tracks, at the flick of a single switch from inside the car, can be deployed by performing snow chain duties when an electrical signal is received.
Practically, tires have different parts of their surface radial grooves-grooves, in which these metallic elements are incorporated. When the driver activates the function through the relevant switch, tthe metal element moves outward protruding from the tireso that it comes into contact with the road.
Upon deactivation of the system, the metal element returns, or more correctly recedes, to its original position, so that not to come into contact with the road surface.
In fact, Hyundai and Kia claim that in case excessive tire wear – which will fatally “reveal” these metallic elements without their development – the driver will be alerted so that he can replace them.
This particular technology is soon to be patented with Diploma of Patent both in South Korea and the US. Hyundai and Kia are currently continuing the development of the system, moving forward with further endurance and performance tests.
See exactly how the system works in the relevant video: