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US university develops tread wear sensors

Durham, North Carolina – An American private research university has developed a printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time.

Electrical engineers at Duke University, based in Durham, North Carolina, said the “inexpensive” sensor will warn drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown “dangerously thin”.

tread-wear-sensors-2The product, which was developed in collaboration with Fetch Automotive Design Group, uses metallic carbon nanotubes that can track millimetre-scale changes in tread depth with 99%…

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