A NEW device designed to protect your car from aquaplaning on wet roads could be the difference between life and death.
The Run Dry Traction System (RDTS) works by firing a jet of pressurized gas near the front of the vehicle’s wheel, creating a dry patch of road for the tires to grab onto.
It is hoped that this new technology could help improve road safety across the UK when the current prototype is fully developed.
Wet weather conditions are responsible for 30% of all road accidents and it only takes 2-3mm of surface water on the road for a car to fly with the Aquaplane.
Aquaplaning occurs when surface water collects between a vehicle’s tires and the road. Tires lose traction and the driver loses control of steering, braking and acceleration.
In early testing of the RDTS, the prototype reduced the time it takes a vehicle to stop by up to 60%. Braking distances have also been reduced by 3-5 meters at speeds between 60 and 70 mph.
Professor Mike Blundell, Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Impact at Coventry University, said: “Our testing shows that RDTS has the potential to make a huge impact on vehicle safety under a range of conditions.
“The prospect of producing something that could even save lives on the road is extremely exciting and after some initial success in testing, we are now eager to explore manufacturing potential and further research to take this concept to the next level .
“A device like this can really mean the difference between life and death if it can help vehicles stop safely within certain distances, and that’s why we’re so keen to develop this concept further.”
The RDTS could not only be installed in cars, but also can be applied to buses, trucks and motorcycles.
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Researchers at Coventry University’s Research Center for Future Transport and Cities spent two years developing the device.
Ravi Ranjan, from Coventry University’s Research Center for Future Transport and Cities, said: “We have had discussions with several car manufacturers in the UK and they are very excited about the prospect of the solution and are watching us very closely.”
In October, RDTS Technologies was recognized as a “Company to Watch” by Automotive Ventures and featured on the Friday Five with Steve Greenfield on the CBT Automotive Network.
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